Fund set up to help family of National Guard member killed in New Mexico accident |

Fund set up to help family of National Guard member killed in New Mexico accident

Staff Reports

An account has been set up at Wells Fargo for the family of a Douglas High School graduate who was killed in a New Mexico auto accident early Sunday morning.

Ashley Browder, 21, was killed and her sister, Lindsay, 19, injured after the white Honda sport utility vehicle they were in collided with an Albuquerque Police Department vehicle responding to a call.

Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department public information officer Deputy Aaron Williamson said Ashley was pronounced dead at the scene. Her sister, who was driving the Honda, was taken to the hospital with a broken hip and a fractured spine.

The sheriff’s department is investigating the accident, which involved police Sgt. Adam Casaus. According to Williamson, Casaus was westbound on Paseo Del Norte with his emergency equipment operating when he struck the passenger side of the Honda. The officer was transported to the hospital, but has been released.

Williamson said the investigation into what happened is continuing.

Ashley was a private first class in the Nevada Air National Guard, who was in the process of transferring to the New Mexico Air National Guard, according to Nevada Guard Maj. April Conway.

She graduated from basic training in August 2010. Ashley graduated from Douglas High School, where she was an honor student and a member of the Key Club, in 2009.

Her sister Lindsay graduated from Douglas in 2012. She was an honor student, member of the Leadership Club and was a cheerleader at the school.

They are the daughters of Minden Elementary School Secretary Donna Browder. Their father is Charles Browder.

Donations to the fund may be made at the Wells Fargo branch in Gardnerville under Browder family.