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The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of the people involved in Monday’s single-vehicle crash on N.M. 502.
The man that was driving the car that plunged into Pueblo Canyon Monday is Zachary Sanchez, 30, of Los Alamos. His passenger was Española resident Andrea Harvier, 31.
According to Major Ken Johnson, spokesperson for the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office, Sanchez’ 2004 maroon Nissan Sentra was parked near the Anderson Overlook around Mile Post 4 at 3:14 p.m. when it suddenly accelerated for about 100 feet before plummeting 200 feet into the canyon.
When rescue officials arrived at the base of the cliff, they found Sanchez outside the car, dazed and walking around. Harvier was found lying on the ground a short distance from the car.
Though they know for sure that Harvier was ejected from the vehicle, they aren’t sure about Sanchez. It also was not known if they were wearing seatbelts.
According to the Sheriff’s Department, Sanchez is currently in stable condition, and Harvier is still listed as critical. Sanchez was airlifted separately to CHRISTUS St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe and Harvier was airlifted to UNM Hospital in Albuquerque.
Johnson said they are still trying to determine the cause of the crash. No one has been cited or charged with any crime in the incident.
Sheriff’s office officials are also still trying to determine if drugs or alcohol were involved. They are also trying to determine how fast the vehicle was traveling when it went over the edge.
Johnson also wouldn’t say if there were any skid marks at the scene.
“We’re still trying to determine what led to the accident. We have not been able to interview the parties since they sustained heavy injuries,” Johnson said. “Once we have that opportunity, we will better determine what direction the investigation will take.”