Tucumcari teen dies in accident

CNJ staff

A Tucumcari teen died Saturday morning in a one-vehicle accident in eastern De Baca County, according to State Police Lt. Cleo Baker.

Robert Marquez, 15, was driving a 1986 Jeep Cherokee south on N.M. 252 about 10 miles south of House around 8 a.m. when the vehicle left the road and rolled over 1 1/2 times, Baker said. Marquez was trapped in the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene, Baker said.

Baker said Marquez drifted off the highway, overcorrected and crossed the road several times before losing control.

A passenger, Richard Garcia, 18, of Tucumcari was transported to a nearby hospital, treated and released, Baker said.