Luna County, NM – On July 22, 2021, at approximately 7:22 a.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a one vehicle fatal rollover crash on Carzalia Loop, off State Road 9, west of Columbus, NM.

The initial investigation indicates a 2009 Chevy Impala passenger car, driven by Rubi Eloisa Hernandez (19) from Columbus, NM was traveling south on Carzalia Loop. For unknown reasons, the Chevy left the roadway and rolled. Hernandez was ejected from the vehicle and sustained fatal injuries. She was pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of Medical Investigator.

Alcohol was not a factor in the crash and seatbelts were not properly utilized. Speed appears to be a contributing factor in the crash. This crash is under investigation by the New Mexico State Police.