Fatal rollover on N.M. 554 under investigation

February 26, 2019

New Mexico State Police is investigating a rollover crash that killed an El Rito man Saturday on N.M. 554 in Rio Arriba County.

According to a news release, Bernie Manzanares, 46, died after his 2009 Chevrolet Impala rolled off the roadway near El Rito. Police said Manzanares was pronounced dead at the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator. His vehicle was “fully engulfed in flames” when police arrived around 1 p.m.

Investigators say speed was a contributing factor in the accident. Alcohol does not appear to have been involved and seat belts were utilized, police reported.

The crash was still under investigation Monday.