Seven injured in crash on expressway

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Seven people were injured as a result of a crash involving two vehicles at the intersection of Manzano Expressway and North Rio Del Oro on Friday.

According to a Valencia County Sheriff’s report, a 1999 Oldsmobile driven by Jonathan Corral, of Belen, was traveling southbound on Manzano Expressway at a high rate of speed when the vehicle crashed into a Ford sport utility vehicle.

Jason W. Brooks-News-Bulletin photo: A Valencia County Sheriff’s deputy examines a crash scene near Manzano Expressway and North Rio Del Oro on Friday, Aug. 17. A total of seven people were injured. Neither driver has been cited in the crash.

The report said the Oldsmobile struck the SUV as it was pulling onto the roadway. The SUV, driven by Victoria Moya, of Los Lunas, flipped and landed on its driver’s side.

Moya told emergency personnel at one point she administered CPR because her infant son stopped breathing. According to the report, the boy was in stable condition at the time the two were transported to an Albuquerque hospital.

Corral and four others, who are listed as the man’s family members, were all transported to the hospital with injuries.

Rachanda Arvizu, who was a passenger in the Oldsmobile, said her husband, Jonathan Corral, the driver of the car, wasn’t speeding. She said they were on their way to Belen to pick up clothing for their soon-to-be born daughter.

Arvizu, who is being treated at the University of New Mexico Hospital, said she went into labor as a result of the accident. She said while her baby, who is yet to be born, is doing OK, she is still recovering from leg injuries.

Their three children, ages 2, 3 and 6, were also in the car and were also injured, although she didn’t specify their injuries.

Arvizu said her family has retained an attorney.

The report said Moya failed to yield, “but because the speed of (the Oldsmobile) was in apparent excess, (Moya’s) judgement was understandable.”

According to the police report, “excessive speed on the part of (the driver of the Oldsmobile) was a significant contributing factor” to the crash.


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