Young woman dies while car surfing in New Mexico, police say

Wilberta "Berta" Becenti in a Facebook photo.
Wilberta "Berta" Becenti in a Facebook photo.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (WNCN) — Police in New Mexico say a young woman was intoxicated when she fell while car surfing and died.

Detective Lt. Kyle Lincoln with the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office tells The Daily Times of Farmington that Wilberta Becenti was standing on top of the car around 4:30 a.m. Sunday while a driver rode on rough dirt roads.

Lincoln says Becenti, 21, of Nageezi was intoxicated at the time.

Investigators haven’t determined whether the driver was also intoxicated. No charges have been filed.

Becenti studied at San Juan College in Farmington, according to her Facebook profile.

Many of Becenti’s friends and family posted comments about her death on social media.

“I’m going to miss you so much Berta you were one of my best friends and I’m glad I was one of yours and you were more than willing to open up,” wrote Jose Montelongo on Facebook.

“I’ll never forget the good memories we had together. I’m sorry. Sorry to the family and everyone else affected by this tragic accident,” he added.

Becenti’s uncle also shared her condolences about the young woman’s death.

“We are sorry for the loss,” Page Dickie wrote in part of a Facebook message. “Our sweetest daughter will never be forgotten. So beautiful, so smart, so full of life.”

Becenti’s funeral is planned for Friday at 10 a.m. at Cope Memorial Chapel in Kirtland, New Mexico.

— The Associated Press and CBS News contributed to this report

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