19-year-old EMT in Tuesday’s I-25 crash doing better; long road of recovery ahead

Posted: December 15, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Certified EMT Vanessa Carrillo, 19, of La Cienega. (Courtesy photo)

Talking to the older sister of 19-year-old EMT Vanessa Carrillo, the woman critically injured in Tuesday’s head-on collision on I-25 when a wrong-way car collided with the ambulance Carrillo was driving, was encouraging.

She’s awake, talking and she should be just fine. She was airlifted to UNM Hospital in Albuquerque after the crash and friends and family have been by her side since.

She had a torn muscle in her arm, multiple broken bones in both legs and a broken orbital bone in her face. And when talking with family Wednesday morning, “She told us to stop worrying about her,” said Desiree Carrillo, Vanessa’s 21-year-old sister. “That’s how she is.”

Here is the story from Thursday’s New Mex about the recovery and the crash follow: Victims recovering; police ID dead driver in I-25 crash

The 4-foot-11, 92-pound Carrillo might be able to be home with her family in La Cienega by Christmas, doctors have said.

A fund at a Santa Fe bank has been set up to help with medical expenses.

Meanwhile, Santa Fe police released the names of the two woman in the Nissan Altima that was traveling more than 100 mph the wrong way on I-25 at the time of the crash.

The driver, who died at the scene, is Kylene Holmes, 26, of El Paso (police said Tuesday she was 27, but she would not have turned 27 until Dec. 26).

The passenger was 38-year-old Jennifer Michelle Belvin of Oceanside, Calif. She is still recovering at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center.

Here was the story that published in Wednesday’s New Mexican:

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