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Santa Cruz driver cited after car crashes into Santa Fe River

March 2, 2019 GMT

The 23-year-old driver of a car that ended up in the Santa Fe River following a midday crash Tuesday on St. Francis Drive was cited in the incident, according to a police report.

The crash, which left both the driver and his 27-year-old male passenger hospitalized, is still being investigated, Santa Fe police spokesman Greg Gurulé said.

According to the police report, a black Ford sedan heading south on St. Francis Drive collided with a silver Subaru heading in the opposite direction just before noon. The Ford careened into a guardrail and landed in the riverbed.

The Subaru driver, a 74-year-old Santa Fe woman who was not seriously injured, had been attempting to turn left onto West Alameda Street and, because the traffic light had changed, was in the middle of the intersection when the Ford ran a red light and hit the Subaru, the report said.

Witnesses told police the Ford had been speeding prior to entering the intersection.

The Ford driver, Samuel Jesus Esquibel II of Santa Cruz, told police he had been trying to get his friend to the hospital because the passenger was experiencing chest pain and couldn’t breathe, the report said. Both men were hospitalized after the crash, and Esquibel was cited for running a red light and driving on a suspended driver’s license.