NMSU student killed in Las Cruces wreck identified; one victim remains in critical condition.
One student killed and four others were injured in a Las Cruces wreck. Officials say that the wreck took place on Thursday morning on University Avenue and Triviz Drive, close to New Mexico State University. Jo Anna Aurora Rincon, 18-years-old, was partially ejected from the white Dodge pickup and was pronounced dead at the scene. Ryan Feeback, 23-years-old, Alexis Holden, 18-years-old, and Nicholas Owings, 20-years-old were passengers in the white Dodge Ram, according to officials. They were taken to University Medical Center in El Paso. Officials say that the driver, Benjamin Butain, 18-years-old, may have ran a red light when he crashed into the other vehicle. Butain’s truck is said to have rolled over at least once and landed on its roof.
The driver of the grey Dodge Ram 1500, Justin Mauldin, was the only one in his vehicle at the time of the accident.
Feeback and Owings were said to be riding in the bed of the truck and were thrown from the vehicle. Rincon and Holden were riding in the front seat and possibly not wearing seatbelts, according to officials.
According to the National Safety Council, seatbelt use is higher among females then males. Also, you are more likely to wear a seatbelt if you are carrying passengers in your vehicle with you.