Driver misses deer, dies in crash

Monday (July 22) at about 11 p.m. New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash on US Highway 84 around mile post 212 near Abiquiu.

The initial investigation indicated a 2001 Chrysler was traveling on US 84 near mile post 212. The Chrysler swerved to miss hitting a deer and subsequently crashed. The driver, Jered Martinez (22) of El Rito, NM, was ejected from the vehicle. He was transported to an area hospital and later pronounced deceased.

Alcohol does not appear to be a contributing factor to the crash and seatbelts do not appear to have been properly utilized. The crash is still under investigation and no additional information is currently available.