By QCS Staff
A teenage girl was killed after her car rolled over on Interstate 40 near Santa Rosa about 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, according to New Mexico State Police.
Natasha Serrano, 16 of Santa Rosa, was heading west near Santa Rosa when she drove off the left shoulder, back into the left lane and then into the grass median, officials said. At that point her car struck a large embankment, which caused it to roll over 2 1/2 times before landing on its roof on the eastbound shoulder of I-40, the state police report said.
Serrano was in a white 1992 Pontiac Grand AM. She had no driver’s license, and was not wearing a seat belt, according to the report.
The teen was pronounced dead at the Guadalupe County Hosptial by the medical investigator, according to police.
Police said speed and inattention were factors in the accident.
Three passengers in the car were transported to the hospital; all were believed to be from the Santa Rosa area and were listed in stable condition, a state police spokesman said.
No other vehicles were involved.