New Mexico Woman Critically Injured in Motorcycle Crash

New Mexico Woman Critically Injured in Motorcycle CrashA 35-year-old woman was involved in a two-motorcycle crash in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on Saturday, January 7, which left her with critical injuries, ABC affiliate KVIA 7 reports.

According to the news source, officials from the Las Cruces Police Department stated that the woman, Bernadine “Nina” Aguilar was transported via medical helicopter to University Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, where she was last listed in critical condition.

Officials told the news provider that the crash occurred shortly before 9 p.m. on Valley Drive near the intersection with Avenida Blanca. According to the Las Cruces Sun-News, Aguilar was riding on the back of the motorcycle as a passenger, with 33-year-old Eliberto “Tito” Ruiz operating the bike at the time of the crash.

The media outlet states that traffic investigative teams with the Las Cruces Police say that Ruiz allegedly lost control of the motorcycle after it was clipped by a separate motorcycle, driven by 31-year-old Ricardo Madrid, as it was changing lanes. The bike then crashed on the street, causing Aguilar to allegedly suffer serious injuries that required immediate medical attention, as they had the potential to become life-threatening.

Investigators concluded the two motorcycles crashed near a passenger bus that was traveling in the northbound lanes, however it was not involved in the crash, the news source stated.

Madrid’s passenger fell off the motorcycle in the accident, but did not receive serious injuries. Madrid then allegedly fled the scene of the accident, however he was apprehended by officials later that evening, the Sun-News stated.

Madrid, Ruiz and a third motorcyclist traveling with them, 32-year-old Adan Sanchez, were all arrested for driving under the influence.

The police are continuing their investigation, as additional charges are possible.