Carolina Lara of Roswell died as the result of a rollover crash. According to reports, the New Mexico State Police were dispatched to U.S. Highway 70 near mile marker 345 on Sunday around 6:30 a.m. where officers located a small blue 4-door Chevrolet on the north side of the highway.
Emergency personnel were on the scene to provide emergency assistance to the passenger, who was identified as Osten Marez of Artesia. Officials also found the body of a woman about 100 feet from the vehicle.
Their initial investigation revealed the Chevy was traveling westbound on 70. The driver swerved to avoid hitting an animal and lost control of the car as indicated by tire marks. The vehicle rolled several times.
Lara was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator at 8 a.m. Marez was taken to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center for treatment.
Excessive speed and failure to wear seatbelts were listed as contributing causes. Alcohol was discovered at the scene and may also have contributed to the crash.