ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – KRQE News 13 is learning more about a 2-year-old boy who police say was run over in southeast New Mexico. It happened at Bottomless Lake State Park.
Police say the 15-year-old driver had a restricted license but didn’t have another licensed driver with her inside the SUV when the accident happened. Family members of the victim posted a “Go Fund Me” page Wednesday calling it a tragic accident. State police say the boy is 2-year-old Azriel Lucero.
Around 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, State police say 15-year old Escolastica Aragon was backing up a silver SUV when the toddler somehow got behind it. Witnesses say it happened in a parking lot away from the water.
The boy was not with his mother when he was run over but witnesses say the family saw it happen.
State police say the 15-year-old driver was not fully licensed and it’s still unclear why they were in the car. Police are still investigating exactly what happened and they say citations or charges could come from that.
“We have a 15-year-old child or 15-year-old driver, could be someone letting them drive a vehicle. They were licensed but, a restricted driver’s license, so it’s illegal in the state for them to drive without a license,” said Captain Lance Bateman.
Police say the driver wasn’t using drugs or alcohol. A nearby lifeguard tried to save the boy’s life with CPR but state police say the boy was already gone. Police closed the entrance to Bottomless Lake State Park Tuesday night during the investigation. The park is back open Wednesday.
*Correction: KRQE News 13 did not properly credit Roswell Daily Record video. We apologize for the mistake.