Los Alamos Man Involved In Pojoaque Crash In Which Woman Dies

STAFF REPORT

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office reports that a Los Alamos man was driving a vehicle Saturday in Pojoaque that collided with another vehicle in which the driver died at the scene from her injuries.

SFCSO Lt. Joe McLaughlin told the Los Alamos Daily Post that Robbin Wood of Los Alamos was traveling north on N.M. 30, Mile Marker 3 in the San Ildefonso Pueblo at 4:45 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 29 when he lost control of his 2006 Chevy four-door vehicle. Wood’s vehicle crossed left of the center divider line and his front bumper struck the front bumper of a 1995 Chevy four-door vehicle driven by Elizabeth Quintana, 37, of Santa Cruz. Quintana sustained internal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, McLaughlin said. 

Wood, 36, and his 50-year-old passenger were airlifted to Christus Saint Vincent Regional Medical Center where they were admitted for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Wood submitted to a blood test and any potential charges are pending the outcome of that test to determine whether alcohol and/or drug impairment was a factor in the crash, McLaughlin said.

Robbin Wood. Photo/LAPD

Wood’s passenger who also is from Los Alamos remains in the hospital in stable condition. Authorities are not releasing her name, McLaughlin said, adding that Wood was treated for his minor injuries and released.

McLaughlin said Wood is now in the Los Alamos County jail on an unrelated charge. Los Alamos Police Cdr. Preston Ballew said this morning that Wood was arrested on a parole violation. He has two prior arrests in Los Alamos County including Nov. 8, 2013 for driving while his license is suspended or revoked and March 28, 2012 on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant for failure to appear in court.

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