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NMSU student killed in car crash

NMSU student Amanda Jean Murillo-Gallegos, 21, was killed in a car crash Tuesday evening in Las Cruces, New Mexico. According to her listing in the NMSU official phone book, Murillo-Gallegos was majoring in kinesiology. The identity of the deceased victim was officially released yesterday.

An NMSU student was killed in a car crash on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Lohman and Espina. (Photo illustration by Kokopelli staff)

According to police officials, a 17-year-old boy driving a Dodge Ram was headed east on Lohman Avenue at a high rate of speed when he allegedly ran a red light at Lohman and Espina, crashing into a Hyundai containing Murillo-Gallegos and an unidentified 27-year-old female.

The 17-year-old was allegedly street racing at the time of the crash, and according to the police report, fled the scene of the accident on foot before turning himself into authorities a short time later. Murillo-Gallegos and the 27-year-old female were transported to a local hospital where Murillo-Gallegos died as a result of her injuries. The current condition of the 27-year-old is unknown, however, it was reported that her injuries are not life threatening.

The 17-year-old was booked into the Doña Ana County Detention Center and charged with vehicular homicide, two counts of knowingly fleeing the scene of a crash causing great bodily harm or death, racing on streets and a red light violation.

It is unknown at this time whether funeral services have been scheduled. 

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