Written by Lieutenant Mark Soriano 09/20/2021
Lincoln County, NM – On September 18, 2021, at around 5:59 p.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash on State Road 37 near mile marker 1 south of Capitan, New Mexico.
The initial investigation shows a 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle was travelling east on State Road 37. The driver of the Harley Davidson motorcycle attempted to avoid striking another motorcycle that was also traveling in the same lane on State Road 37. The driver of the motorcycle loss control and the driver and passenger were thrown from the motorcycle. The passenger of the motorcycle, Rosalva Valenciana (52) of El Paso, TX sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator.
The driver of the Harley Davidson motorcycle sustained minor injuries and was treated on scene by emergency medical personnel. The driver’s name will not be released by the New Mexico State Police.
Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash and Valenciana was not wearing a helmet.