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Rio Arriba County deputy struck while investigating crash

December 27, 2018

HERNANDEZ, N.M. (AP) — The Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office says one of it deputies was hospitalized after being struck by a vehicle while investigating a crash caused by snow-packed and icy conditions.

Authorities say Deputy Cindy Garcia had responded to the crash along U.S. 84/285 near the northern New Mexico community of Hernandez around noon Wednesday.

She just got out of her patrol unit when a southbound vehicle lost control and slid into the crash scene, striking the patrol unit and then Garcia.

Major Randy Sanches with the sheriff’s office says Garcia’s injuries were non-life threatening and that she was listed in fair condition at an Espanola hospital. One of her legs was broken, but the extent of her other injuries wasn’t immediately known.