Two Die in Early Morning Collision with Flatbed


A man and woman died early this morning after their vehicle collided with a flatbed on N.M. 68.

Authorities identified the victims as Marissa Martinez, 19, and her boyfriend Eric Romero, 21, both from Alcalde.

Martinez was driving and according to Española Public Safety Director Eric Garcia, her vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed along N.M. 68 about 8:15 a.m. when the flatbed carrying a backhoe entered the roadway on the north side of Española.

Garcia reported that the vehicle carrying Martinez and Romero may have ricocheted off another car before it slammed into the flatbed so hard that the impact knocked the backhoe off the flatbed. 

The crash caused the roof of the car to be ripped off decapitating Martinez and Romero. The flatbed driver identified as Daniel Garcia from Espanola, was treated at a nearby hospital and released before he was arrested on several unrelated warrants.

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