Two teenage brothers are dead after their car crashed head-on with a pickup Tuesday morning north of Moriarty, according to a news release from the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.
The brothers, Pedro Sandoval, 16, and Mateo Sandoval, 14, were driving to school in Moriarty from their home in the Stanley area.
The crash occurred around 6 a.m. on N.M. 41 just south of Dinkle Road.
The driver of the pickup, Roman Armendarez, 58, was treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, according to the news release.
Pedro Sandoval played varsity basketball and Mateo Sandoval was on the junior varsity team at Moriarty High School, basketball coach Marcus Ortiz said.
“Both brothers were just hardworking kids and they’re everything a coach would want out of a kid,” Ortiz said. “Great kids in the classroom, very respectful, nothing but good things to say about those guys.”
Moriarty-Edgewood School District Superintendent Teresa Salazar wrote in an email that there will be crisis stations set up at the high school for students wanting to speak with a counselor.
“Our entire community is saddened by this horrific tragedy and send our condolences to their family and all that knew these amazing young men,” Salazar wrote.