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Young boys ejected in N.M. 599 crash recovering

August 10, 2018

Santa Fe police continue to investigate a one-vehicle crash late Sunday morning on N.M. 599 that injured driver Anthony Gomez, 29, and his two sons.

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash, a police department spokesman Tuesday, and no charges have been filed against Gomez, who told officers he had fallen asleep at the wheel and lost control of the vehicle, according to police reports.

Santa Fe police spokesman Greg Gurulé on Tuesday said Gomez and his sons — David Gomez, 7, and Nathan Gomez, 6 — were taken to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque for treatment of serious injuries.

Gurulé said the boys were recovering from their injuries, but said he could not provide further details.

A family member reached by phone Tuesday declined to comment on the boys’ conditions.

Police reports say Anthony Gomez was driving a 2006 silver Chevy Impala south on N.M. 599 around 11 a.m. Sunday when he dozed off and lost control of the car. The boys were ejected from the sedan, which rolled across lanes of traffic and flipped over several times, landing on its roof along the frontage road near Via Tessera.

According to police reports and witnesses, a group of motorists worked to lift the car off one of the boys, who had been trapped beneath the hood over the overturned car. Another person dragged the boy out from under the car, said Rick Sandoval, a Santa Fe attorney who witnessed the crash and participated in the rescue effort before emergency responders arrived.

“I didn’t think it was possible, but we did it,” Sandoval told The New Mexican. “That group of people came together and did it.”

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