Man dies in crash after hitting deer

July 24, 2018

New Mexico State Police said Monday a 22-year-old El Rito man died over the weekend from injuries suffered when he swerved his car to avoid a deer on U.S. 84 near Abiquiú and was ejected during the resulting crash.

Police said Jered Martinez was pronounced dead at an area hospital following the accident, which occurred about 11 p.m. Sunday.

State police said it appeared that the seatbelts in his 2001 Chrysler were not properly used, but investigators do not suspect alcohol was a contributing factor.

The incident remains under investigation.

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