Dona Ana County- On Friday, August 30, 2013 at 5:17 pm; New Mexico State Police Officers responded to a single vehicle roll over on Interstate 25-north bound, mile post 33; which is ten miles north of Las Cruces NM.
Officers arrived on scene and observed a 2000 Ford truck with extensive roll over damage. Amanda Varela (18) of Las Cruces NM was pronounced deceased on scene. Ms. Varela was identified as the driver of the vehicle.
It appears as Ms. Varela was traveling southbound on I25, mile post 33. For some reason, Ms. Varela lost control of her vehicle and slid into the median. The vehicle then rolled multiple times, ejecting Ms. Varela from the vehicle.
Alcohol does not appear to be a contributing factor to this crash. Ms. Varela was not utilizing her seatbelt at the time of the crash.
Contact: Sergeant Emmanuel Gutierrez