A 27-year-old Los Alamos woman received extensive injuries Monday at around 11 p.m. when she allegedly crashed her car going westbound on N.M. 502, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department.
According to an eyewitness, Andrea Rivera, who was allegedly the driver of a 1993 Gold Saturn four-door sedan, almost veered off the road to the right. Rivera then overcompensated, careening to the left, eastbound lane of the road into oncoming traffic before the car started to roll. The car wound up wedged against a piñon tree off near the shoulder of the road.
Sometime during the crash, Rivera was ejected from the vehicle, and was found a short distance from her car, on her back and still alive. She allegedly told officers she had been drinking alcohol and texting moments before the crash.
In her car, police allegedly discovered a half-empty bottle of “Prestige” brand whiskey.
Her car did not come into contact with any other vehicles and she had no other passengers in her car. According to the sheriff’s office, she was the only one injured in the crash.
Rivera’s injuries consisted of two broken ribs and heavy bruising about the upper left portion of her neck and head.
She was conscious when police arrived, though her speech was heavily slurred.