ADELINO — A single vehicle crash in Adelino on N.M. 47 the evening of Friday, Oct. 21, is being investigated as a homicide by the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies were called out to the crash in the 2500 block of N.M. 47 at about 9 p.m.
When deputies arrived, they found a silver, four-door 2003 Honda sedan had crashed through the fence of a residence and then into a tree on a neighboring property.
Julio Hernandez, 41, of Meadow Lake, was found dead in the car with a head injury.
The preliminary report of the incident noted “both the front passenger and entire rear seat to be filled with various items.”
VCSO public information officer Lt. Joseph Rowland said the sheriff’s office isn’t, at this time, disclosing the manner of death of Hernandez.
“We’re not disclosing that information to let us conduct a better investigation,” Rowland said. “When people give statements and we do interviews, we can better know who’s telling the truth.”
The scene was processed overnight Friday by the sheriff’s office and the New Mexico State Police.
The Office of the Medical Investigator transported Hernandez to its facility for further investigation.
VCSO is asking for the public’s help with information in regards to the incident. Call Detective Porfie Baca at 505-866-2400 with any information.
Julia M. Dendinger began working at the VCNB in 2006. She covers Valencia County government, Belen Consolidated Schools and the village of Bosque Farms. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists Rio Grande chapter’s board of directors.