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CAR ACCIDENT DETAILS

January 1, 2020, 6:55 a.m. (Wednesday), clear, no rain, 23°F, Sandoval County, NM - A teenager was killed in a rollover crash on I-25 on Wednesday. The incident happened around 6:55 a.m. on January 1 on I-25 near mile post 252 by San Felipe Pueblo. New Mexico State Police say 18-year-old Christian Martinez of Rio Rancho was driving a Cadillac when he drove off the roadway and rolled the car. Martinez died at the scene. A 17-year-old female passenger from Rio Rancho was ejected from the vehicle and was transported to an Albuquerque hospital where her condition is unknown. Investigators suspect alcohol and improper seat belt use was a contributing factor in the crash.

TEEN DRIVER RISK ANALYSIS

DRIVER BEHAVIORAL RISKS

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INEXPERIENCE RISKS

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VEHICLE SAFETY

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LESSONS LEARNED

NO SEAT BELT POSES GREATEST RISK FOR TEENS

In 2018, an IHSS study showed approximately 44% of teen drivers who died in crashes were not wearing their seat belts and 52% of teen passengers who died in crashes were not wearing seat belts.

IMPAIRED TEENAGERS RISK DEATH

In 2018, 23 percent of fatally injured passenger vehicle drivers ages 16-19 had positive blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) IIHS concluded. At the same BAC, drivers ages 16-20 are far more likely than older drivers to get into a fatal or nonfatal crash.

TEEN PASSENGERS INCREASE RISK

Research by AAA determined one teen passenger increases the chance of a fatal accident by 44% and two teen passengers increases the odds by 88%, and quadruples with three or more passengers.

NIGHTTIME DRIVING REQUIRES EXPERIENCE

Per mile driven, the fatal crash rate of 16-19 year-olds is about 4 times as high at night as it is during the day. Based on the 2017 National Household Travel Survey, teenagers’ rate of fatal nighttime crash involvements is about 3 times as high as the rate for adults age 30-59.

OBITUARY

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CHRISTIAN DEREK MARTINEZ

August 20, 2001 - January 1, 2020

Christian Derek Martinez, age 18, passed away January 1, 2020 in San Felipe, NM. He was born August 20, 2001 to Pedro and Irma Martinez in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was a student at Independence High School and was employed by Kentucky Fried Chicken on Southern Blvd., in Rio Rancho. Christian loved hanging out with his Brothers, Sister, and Friends, playing basketball and singing rap music, and playing with Smokey (pet dog). He was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.

Christian is survived by his parents, Pedro and Irma Martinez; brothers, Julian Garcia, Kevin Garcia, David Martinez, Adam Martinez; sister, Kaitlyn Martinez; and their pet dog Smokey.

Open Visitation will be from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Friday, January 10, 2020 at Daniels Family Funeral Services - Sara Road, 4310 Sara Road SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124. Recitation of the Rosary will follow at 7:00 PM. Mass will be held Saturday, January 11, 2020 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 1502 Sara Rd., Rio Rancho, NM 87124.