LOVINGTON, N.M. (KRQE) – The funeral was held Friday for a 17-year-old Lovington girl killed during an incident at the high school. Police also released their initial report into the incident Friday revealing more about what happened. The student, a senior, died after she fell from a moving vehicle and the report indicates horseplay was involved.
The incident took place August 27, 2014 around 3:30 p.m. as students were leaving the parking lot at the high school. Witnesses say that the girl and her friends were horsing around in a jeep and the girl fell.
According to the report, another girl was behind the wheel when the 17-year-old placed her feet on the metal running board and placed half her body inside the jeep. The vehicle then moved forward at a slow speed, performed a u-turn, then suddenly accelerated and conducted another abrupt u-turn. That’s when the girl was thrown from the vehicle and hit her head hard on the pavement.
Police officers and others rushed to help her, she was eventually air lifted to a hospital in Lubbock, but died the next day from severe head trauma.
Kids in Lovington are still taking her death really hard.
“It was very sad we lost a classmate,” said Lovington High School Junior, Carlos Borunda. “Here in Lovington we’re all family together and it was just sad to hear one of our family members was lost.”
The superintendent says he will meet with the school board on Tuesday to talk about possible changes in the parking lot, including more exits and entrances, speed bumps and parking curbs. While he says those changes likely wouldn’t have prevented this tragedy, they want to discourage any behavior that could lead to another incident like this.
Police say they have forwarded the case to the district attorney’s office to decide if the driver of the jeep will face charges. The driver is a 17-year-old female student.