Police still trying to identify woman who died Monday in crash

Posted at: 10/16/2012 2:02 PM
By: Tracy Dingmann, KOB.com

Albuquerque police have been unable to untangle the mystery behind a fatal crash late Monday in the Northeast Heights.

Police say traffic detectives are still working with the Office of the Medical Investigator to determine the identity of the woman who died when her car crashed into a Target store at Morris and Lomas Blvd near Hotel Circle.

Two people were in the car - the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

The OMI has yet to positively identify the driver or determine whether alcohol was a factor.

Detectives say the identification process has been delayed because the surviving passenger was carrying someone else’s ID and refused to cooperate with hospital staff or police in providing her identity.

Detectives have identified the surviving passenger as Lynette Haozous, 27 - the person who they previously thought to be deceased. Haozous is said to be in stable condition.

Police say they don't know why Haozous first refused to give correct identification for herself and the driver.

The preliminary investigation shows that the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed Southbound on Morris at Lomas.

It appears that the driver lost control of the vehicle causing the vehicle to careen across the intersection, strike a fire hydrant and then come to a stop when colliding with great force into the side of a building.

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