A 63-year-old Clovis woman died Tuesday evening (June 23) when an off-road vehicle she was driving in Red River veered off a county road and rolled down a steep embankment, according to a press …
Updated June 25 at 9:45 a.m.
Nancy Bishop, a 63-year-old Clovis woman, died Tuesday evening (June 23) when an off-road vehicle she was driving in Red River veered off a county road and rolled down a steep embankment, according to a press release from Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe.
Hogrefe said deputies were dispatched around 6:15 p.m. to a report of the rollover on Forest Road 597 about 3 miles north of Red River.
An initial investigation determined that the woman had been driving with her daughter-in-law and grandson in a Polaris RZR OHV when the vehicle went off the right side of the narrow gravel road and overturned several times down a 300-foot embankment.
While the daughter-in-law and grandson survived the crash with non-life threatening injuries, the 63-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Firefighters and emergency service workers from Red River and Questa used high-angle ropes and a winch to rescue the two survivors from the wreck. They were then taken by ambulance to Holy Cross Medical Center in Taos.
"The initial at-scene investigation indicates speed may have been a contributing factor," Hogrefe wrote. "All occupants were wearing seatbelts. Impairment is not suspected. The OHV was privately owned and properly maintained and insured."
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