The crash occurred about 2:20 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. Preliminary information from the investigation indicates that Flores was a backseat passenger in a 1995 Chevrolet pickup that was traveling north along Walnut Street. All indications point that the 26-year-old man who was driving the Chevy pickup had a green light at Spruce and was continuing north through the intersection where Walnut turns into Kilmer Street, according to the Las Cruces Police Department.
Las Cruces police investigators believe a 2012 Ford pickup, driven by a 26-year-old man, was traveling east on Spruce and failed to stop at the red light. The Ford pickup collided broadside with the Chevy pickup at the intersection.
Flores and the driver of the Chevy pickup were both ejected from the vehicle. Traffic investigators believe Flores and the driver of the Chevy pickup were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. Flores was critically injured and rushed to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. The driver of the Chevy pickup was not seriously injured and refused transportation to the hospital.
The driver of the Ford pickup and a 24-year-old woman who was also a passenger of the Chevy pickup were not seriously injured in the crash.
Police are continuing to investigate the crash. No citations or charges have been filed at this time.
Las Cruces Bulletin report