Five recovering from head-on crash

Posted at: 03/05/2013 6:52 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Photo: Leela Perez
Photo: Leela Perez

A stretch of Interstate 25 near Santa Fe is the scene of yet another wrong way crash.

26 year-old Leela Perez was arrested for causing the three car crash Monday night. One of the victim’s was 7 months pregnant and had to undergo an emergency C-section.

The youngest victim, a baby boy, is still in the ICU at UNM Hospital. His mom and two others are recovering Tuesday night.

This was the second wrong way crash in the area over the past 10 years and first responders told KOB each time they’re called out to that area, they prepare for the worst.

“It’s kind of a no man’s land. Everybody’s heart rate goes up,” said Karl Ehl of the Santa Fe County Fire Department.

Police said Perez was driving the wrong way Monday night.

The crash sent five people to the hospital.

It’s an area that’s no stranger to tragedies. Six years ago, Dana Pabst was 4 times the legal limit when he drove the wrong way on I-25 killing five family members. “People for whatever reason are not paying attention. It’s easy to get tied up on that interstate out there and find yourself suddenly going the wrong way. I don’t know if there’s a specific reason like poor signage. There’s lots of signs,” added Ehl.

If you find yourself going the wrong way on the freeway, there’s one thing you need to know that can save your life. “What we don’t want to do is have folks starting to try to K turn or trying to U turn and get hit. Obviously they’re going to have to pull over,” said Ehl.

Once you do pull over, call police immediately.

Perez is charged with great bodily injury by vehicle. She could also face a DWI charge.

Toxicology results are expected back sometime next week.