Santa Fe Sheriff still investigating fatal crash

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Investigators are looking for any witnesses to the driving behavior of Elias Arellano, 18, who was driving a Chrysler Sebring convertible on Friday afternoon prior to a fatal wreck on U.S. 84/285.
Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office investigators said they would like to hear from anyone who might have witnessed his driving behavior. Investigators said he lost control of the vehicle around 3 p.m. on Friday and caused the death of a 72-year-old Espanola woman, Lucy Fresques.
Arellano and a juvenile who was a passenger in his vehicle were ejected from the convertible and weren’t wearing seat belts, according to Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office investigators.
Fresques was driving a southbound Acura sports utility vehicle that was struck head-on by the convertible driven Arellano, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.
Also injured was Fresques’ husband, Robert, 74.
Arellano’s vehicle had been northbound when it crossed into the southbound traffic, near Buffalo Thunder Resort.
That section of highway lacks barriers between northbound and southbound lanes.
He was taken by ambulance to the University of New Mexico Hospital.
The investigators said they believe Arellano lost control of his vehicle.
At the time of impact, the vehicle driven by Fresques struck a third vehicle. Two men in the third vehicle, from Colorado, received minor injuries.
The crash happened around 3 p.m. on Friday. By 4 p.m. traffic cameras at N.M. 4 and U.S. 84/285 were showing traffic backed up over that intersection’s overpass. People on Facebook reported sitting in traffic for hours.
The Sheriff’s Office reported at 10 p.m. on Friday that the wreck scene had been cleared.
Anyone who has information on the crash is asked to call Sheriff’s office at 505-428-3720.