1 teen killed, 5 other injured in NM rollover

November 1, 2011 • State News

DEXTER, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police are investigating a rollover crash involving a stolen government vehicle that left one teenager dead and five others injured.

Police say Chavez County sheriff’s deputies responded to a [auth] call about two suspicious vehicles parked near an intersection early Saturday.

The vehicle with the government license plate sped away and eventually reached a dirt road, where the driver lost control. The vehicle rolled three times and all six passengers were ejected.

Police say 14-year-old James Lodoza of Dexter was killed.

One passenger has been released from the hospital but the other four remain in critical condition.

Police have identified the driver as 18-year-old Jacob Matta of Roswell.

Police say the investigation is ongoing and charges are pending. They say the vehicle had been taken from the Dexter school district.

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