UPDATE, Sept. 13: LA MESA, New Mexico -- New Mexico authorities confirmed Monday that a 19-year-old El Paso passenger was the fatality victim in a Sunday traffic crash on NM Highway 28, near mile post 9, south of La Mesa.
Two other El Paso teens were also injured in that single-car crash that state police blamed on drunk driving. Investigators said their car veered off the road and struck a tree about 6:30 a.m.
Officials identified the deceased as Pedro Delgadillo and said he was ejected from the car after not wearing a seat belt. The injured, the 19-year-old driver and a 14-year-old girl passenger whose names weren't released, were hospitalized in El Paso.
Police indicated charges may be filed against the driver in the near future.
ORIGINAL REPORT, Sept. 12: LAS CRUCES, New Mexico -- A Sunday traffic crash south of Las Cruces claimed at least one life, authorities said.
The deadly crash happened along NM Highway 28 at mile marker 9, according to state police.
While indicating it was a fatal crash, officers provided no further details surrounding the crash or its cause.
The state Department of Transportation said NM 28 was closed in both directions from 8:20 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. as investigators probed that crash.