Boy, 13, dies in head-on crash -- updated

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A head-on collision on N.M. 4 near the White Rock "Y" killed a 13-year-old and sent three other people to the hospital Wednesday.


N.M. 4 was closed for close to five hours before reopening around 8 p.m. Wednesday as the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Department fatal team conducted its investigation.

Santa Fe County Sheriff Department Captain Adan Mendoza confirmed Wednesday night that the  fataiity was a 13-year-old boy, who was riding in the back seat of a 2009 Honda driven by  Jennifer Ventura-Trujillo, 41, of White Rock.

The driver of the 2001 Toyota pickup truck was Dennis Bernal, 43, of Santa Fe. Mendoza said that Ventura-Trujillo and the 13-year-old boy were related. It is also the policy of the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department not to identify victims under the age of 18.

The 13-year-old girl riding in the passenger seat of Ventura-Trujillo’s vehicle was airlifted to UNM Hospital in Albuquerque. She was in stable condition with non life-threatening injuries, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Ventura-Trujillo was released from LAMC and Bernal was released from Christus St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe after being treated for minor injuries.

The accident was between the Truck Route and the turnoff to White Rock. The crash occurred at 2:41 p.m. The Sheriff’s Department listed the location of the crash .2 mile north of mile marker 67.

According to the Santa Fe County Sheriff Hot Sheet, Bernal was traveling north on N.M. 4 attempting to negotiate a right curve.  Ventura-Trujillo was traveling south  in the outside lane of travel.  For reason(s) unknown, Bernal lost control of his vehicle,  allowing it to cross the double center divide line.  As a result, Bernal’s  front bumper of his vehicle struck the left side of Ventura-Trujillo’s vehicle.

It was not known if drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.

“The Fatal Team is trying to figure out the cause of the accident,” Mendoza said. "We are still investigating and talking to witnesses."

Los Alamos County Police, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department were on the scene. Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department is handling the investigation.

Stay tuned to LAMonitor.com for more details on the crash.