FARMINGTON — Earlier this month, a Bloomfield woman died from injuries related to a "freak accident" car wreck on the east side of Albuquerque near Zuzax.
Dominique Jacquez, 45, died on June 16 at University of New Mexico hospital from injuries stemming from the crash. On June 14, she crashed her car into a barrier separating traffic on Interstate 40 east of Albuquerque near mile marker 177, said Sgt. Aaron Williamson of the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office.
"The tread came off the rear right tire, which caused the vehicle to lose traction, and the driver ultimately lost control and hit the center barrier wall," Williamson said.
Eastbound lanes were closed for about two hours.
Dominique Jacquez's daughter, Amber Jacquez, said the wreck was a complete surprise to her and her two sisters, Jessica Jacquez and Lauren McNealy.
"It was a freak accident. My mom had a freak accident. It was crazy," Amber Jacquez said. "Her tire blew, and she lost control of her vehicle. It was just scary. She was only 45. She was very young."
Amber Jacquez described her mother as amazing and a force to be reckoned with.
"She always put the needs of everyone else above her. If you needed something, she would do whatever she could do to make it happen," Amber Jacquez said. "She took care of me. She saved me several times, from other people and myself."
Amber Jacquez said her mother was planning to join her at San Juan College this fall, where Amber Jacquez is pursuing her master's degree in liberal arts and applied science.
"My mom really valued education," Amber Jacquez said. "My mom was brilliant and loved learning new things."
Williamson said the Tijeras Canyon area where Dominique Jacquez wrecked her vehicle is known for crashes, but most of them are not serious. He added that with the summer heat, drivers should pay attention to their tires.
"With the summer months, we always want to remind drivers to check their tires if they are taking highway drives," Williamson said. "With the heat of summer and highway speeds, it can have a very negative outcome."Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 and email@example.com. Follow him @jkelloggdt on Twitter.