Tech Student Dies in Car Accident; Another Badly Injured, Sept. 30, 2002

Jerimiah Wright SOCORRO, N.M., September 30, 2002 -- New Mexico Tech senior Jeremiah Wright, age 22, died Saturday night, September 28, of injuries sustained in a two-car traffic accident in Socorro involving a New Mexico State Police car and a car driven by another Tech senior, Christopher Michel, age 22, who is currently listed in satisfactory condition at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Hospital in Albuquerque.

Also killed in the collision, which occurred shortly before 10 p.m. on Saturday at the intersection of Bullock Avenue and California Street, was Erron Todd, age 21, of Albuquerque. She was a senior at the University of New Mexico.

New Mexico State Police officer Robert Carrejo was treated and released that night for injuries he sustained in the crash.

An investigation of the double-fatal accident is ongoing.

Wright, who was pursuing a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering at New Mexico Tech, was the team captain of the university's rugby football club and worked as a research associate at the school's Petroleum Recovery Research Center. He was a native of Raton, N.M.

Michel is majoring in environmental engineering at New Mexico Tech.