Two vehicles collided on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 30, in Red Rock, New Mexico, killing the passenger in one of the cars. The incident happened along U.S. Highway 66, right as you cross into the area of the highway maintained by the city.
Law enforcement officers who reported to the crash scene were able to talk to witnesses who reported having seen the a Jeep being driven westbound along the highway immediately before the crash ocurred. They also noted seeing its 22-year-old driver attempt to make a left turn onto a cross street when a fast approaching Nissan collided with it.
It's believed that the impact of the crash claimed the life of the 25-year-old Jeep passenger nearly instantly.
According to a spokesperson with Gallup's Police Department, officers have reason to suspect that both the drivers of the Jeep and Nissan were intoxicated at the time. They note that they're awaiting the results of the toxicology tests that were performed on both men before deciding whether to charge them with any crimes.
If it's proven that the Jeep's owner, a Gallup resident, and the 23-year-old Sundance Nissan owner were intoxicated at the wheel, it's likely that either one or both will face drunk driving or vehicular homicide charges.
Whether it's because of distracted or drunk driving, or some other type of driver error, thousands of motorists are either seriously injured or lose their lives in these types of collisions every year. In learning more about the circumstances surrounding your case, a Los Lunas, New Mexico, car accident attorney can advise you of your right to recover damages.
Source: Navajo Times, "Man dies in two-car accident," Jan. 04, 2018