Fatal Crash on Interstate 40 in Bernalillo County

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Written by Officer Dusty Francisco 12/05/2021

Bernalillo County, NM – On December 5, 2021, at approximately 9:11 p.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash on Interstate 40 near milepost 156, in Albuquerque, NM.

The initial investigation indicated a 2022 Freightliner Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV), occupied by a 46-year-old driver and a 44-year-old passenger, both from Texas, were traveling west on Interstate 40. Near milepost 156, the CMV slowed down for traffic that was backed up from a prior vehicle crash. For unknown reasons, a 2005 Hyundai passenger car, driven by Mickey Ramirez (25) of Albuquerque, NM, who was also traveling west on Interstate 40 struck the rear end of the CMV. Ramirez sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of Medical. Both occupants in the CMV were uninjured.

Alcohol does appear to be a factor in the crash and seatbelts were only utilized by the occupants in the CMV. This crash remains under investigation by the New Mexico State Police.