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Tech Sophomore Dies After Car Crash

RIO RANCHO, Jan. 13, 2010 -- New Mexico Tech lost one of its bright young students last weekend. Thomas Matthew Brooks, a sophomore electrical engineering student, died after he was involved in a one-car crash Saturday in Rio Rancho.

              Thomas M. Brooks

He is survived by his parents, Thomas and Patty Brooks; his sister, Sarah, his grandparents, George and Gail Brooks; grandmother, Carolyn Brooks; his uncles, George Books, Cary Brooks and wife, Erin; and cousins Caleb and Lily, all of Albuquerque. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Viola and Clyde Cox of Saginaw, Mich.

Brooks, 19, was in a car with four other teenagers when the crash occurred, according to Officer John Francis of the Rio Rancho police department.

Francis said five people were in a vehicle traveling on Unser Boulevard north of King Boulevard when the crash occurred at 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9. Two people died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

The three other teens were taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Francis said Monday that no other details about the crash are being released, pending the outcome of the police investigation.

Brooks graduated from Rio Rancho High School in 2008 and matriculated at New Mexico Tech in the fall of 2008.

University President Dr. Daniel H. Lopez extended his condolences to the family of Mr. Brooks.

“New Mexico Tech is a small community and any time we lose a member of our community, the loss is especially hard on everyone,” he said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Thomas’s family and friends.”

Services were Thursday, Jan. 14, at Hoffmantown Church, at 8888 Harper Dr. NE in Albuquerque, with interment at Sunset Memorial Park. A reception followed at 5 p.m. at the church.

Contributions can be made in Thomas’ name to the Joy Junction, P.O. Box 27693, Albuquerque, NM 87125.

Visit the online guestbook for Thomas Matthew Brooks at www.RememberTheirStory.com. Arrangements by French Mortuary.

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By Thomas Guengerich/New Mexico Tech