Four Portales students injured in vehicle accident

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico

Four Portales High School students were injured Monday morning in a single-vehicle crash on Lime Street.

Two of the students were reported in stable condition at Lubbock hospitals Monday evening, and another was treated at Roosevelt General Hospital and released, according to officials and hospital staff members.

An updated condition of the fourth student, front-seat passenger Selene Valladarez, 15, of Portales, was not available at press time. Valladarez was airlifted to Covenant Medical Center in critical condition, according to Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry.

Berry said a brown 1999 Toyota Camry was traveling west on Lime Street toward Boston Avenue about 9:15 a.m. Monday when it veered off the road to the north and struck a tree on the front passenger side.

The driver of the vehicle, Naomi Gutierrez, 16, of Portales was airlifted to Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. Gutierrez was reported in stable condition Monday night.

Passenger Shalisa Davis was taken to Lubbock by ambulance and reported in stable condition late Monday. Schlar Teel, the other passenger, was treated at Roosevelt General Hospital and later released.

“There was nothing to indicate what caused the vehicle to leave the roadway,” Berry said.

Davis and Teel had been interviewed and said they didn’t know what caused the crash, he said.

Police were doing reconstructions of the accident to determine speed and otherwise trying to find the reason for the wreck.

Berry said at least three of the students weren’t wearing seatbelts.

PHS Principal Melvin Nusser said he didn’t know why the students weren’t in class, but said attendance records showed two hadn’t been to school all day and two had left after first period.