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A Santa Fe teacher on her way back from delivering Christmas gifts to underprivileged children in Juarez died Sunday in a two vehicle crash on I-25 just north of the La Cienega exit.
State police offficers arriving on the scene found a 2009 Chevy passenger vehicle had been struck by a 2003 Chevy truck. Upon further investigation it was discovered that the 2009 Chevy had slid off the roadway due to snow packed and icy road conditions and struck the barrier wall. The vehicle was disabled and had come to rest in the middle of both northbound lanes of travel facing west.
The driver of the 2003 Chevy truck was also northbound and was not able to see the 2009 Chevy and struck it as it was disabled in the middle of the interstate.
The driver and sole occupant of the 2009 Chevy was identified as Dorothy Mullins, 54, of Santa Fe.
Mullins died as a result of injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Shelli Petty of Los Alamos said her sister was a teacher in Santa Fe Public Schools for 23 years.
“She was the youngest sister. Right now, it’s just hard to believe,” Petty told the Santa Fe New Mexican.
Petty is the owner of Children’s Montessori Preschool in Los Alamos.
I-25 northbound lanes were closed while officers investigated the crash. Contributing factors have been identified as snow packed and icy roads.
Alcohol or seatbelts were not a factor in this crash, according to the conclusion of state police accident investigators.