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Son of former Taos mayor dead in truck rollover crash

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — The grown son of former Taos Mayor Daniel Barrone has died in a car crash.

Media outlets report authorities identified 36-year-old Daniel Barrone Jr. as a truck driver who was killed Monday in a rollover crash.

Taos County deputies responded around 2 p.m. to U.S. Highway 64 and found the logging truck on its side.

Investigators say the younger Barrone was the only one in the truck and the crash happened on a curve.

Sheriff Jerry L. Hogrefe says neither speed nor impairment appear to be factors. An investigation into the cause remains ongoing.

Mayor Barrone was the mayor from 2018 up until this year. He also served in the state Legislature between 2020 and 2021.

In a message on the Town of Taos' Facebook page, current Mayor Pascualito Maestas said the entire town was sending prayers and condolences to his predecessor and his family.

Maestas said Barrone Jr. was known for his his big heart and helping hand.