Rollover Aug. 21

A male passenger died and a female driver, 24-year-old Faith Romero of Taos, suffered critical injuries in a single-vehicle rollover early Friday morning (Aug. 21) on U.S. 64 East near mile marker 257.

Updated Aug. 24 at 2:40 p.m.

A male passenger was ejected and killed early Friday morning (Aug. 21) in a single-vehicle rollover on U.S. 64 East near the mouth of Taos Canyon, Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe reported in a press release.

Hogrefe identified the deceased on Monday (Aug. 24) as 24-year-old John McCarthy-Zarate. The sheriff said the driver, Faith Romero of Taos, also 24, survived with critical injuries. Romero was airlifted to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.

Hogrefe said deputies, medics and first responders from the Río Fernando Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to the rollover around 2 a.m. They found that the male passenger had been ejected and died at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing, Hogrefe noted, but may result in criminal charges for Romero.

"The at-scene investigation leads investigators to believe excessive speed and alcohol consumption were factors in the crash," Hogrefe wrote. "A search warrant was executed on the driver to determine her blood alcohol concentration level; those results are pending and will likely take a few weeks."

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Where exactly is the "mouth of the Taos Canyon?"

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