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Riki Bayers, 19, (back to camera) hugs her friend Rachael Hayward, 18.
Hayward said she was driving up N.M. 502 West toward Los Alamos, when the transmission and the brakes in her Dodge Caravan minivan simultaneously failed, leaving the distraught teen rolling backwards down the Main Hill. She said there was no choice but to use the canyon wall to stop her descent.