On Wednesday morning, a Doña Ana County automobile accident near the New Mexico state line killed three people. According to police, 22-year-old Andrew Valenzuela of Anthony, New Mexico ran a stop sign and crashed his two-door Honda into a Ford pick-up truck at the intersection of Westside Drive and Vinton Road. The unidentified driver of the pick-up truck stated after he saw the Honda run the stop sign he veered left in an unsuccessful attempt to avoid the accident.
Although Valenzuela died at the scene of the crash, his passengers were taken by helicopter to an El Paso hospital. His pregnant girlfriend, 21-year-old Karla Diaz, delivered a baby girl shortly after her arrival at the hospital. Unfortunately, both mother and baby later died. The couple’s two-year-old child was also taken to the hospital in critical condition. The child reportedly suffered life threatening injuries including severe trauma to his head. The driver of the truck was taken to an area hospital where he was treated for cuts to his head and face.
Despite that alcohol was not a suspected factor in the crash, Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office deputies stated an autopsy will be conducted on Valenzuela to be sure. According to law enforcement officers, neither Valenzuela nor Diaz was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. Although the couple’s two-year-old child was strapped in a child safety seat, the seat was not securely fastened to the vehicle.
An unexpected collision with an inattentive driver can happen at any time. The injuries sustained in a motor vehicle collision are often severe and can be disabling. If you were hurt by an inattentive or impaired driver, you may be eligible to receive compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, pain, suffering, and a variety of other damages. If you or a loved one sustained a traumatic brain injury or other disabling wound in an automobile collision, you are advised to contact a capable New Mexico car accident lawyer as soon as possible following the crash.
If you were hurt or a loved one was killed in a tragic automobile accident, contact the Fine Law Firm. Our knowledgeable Albuquerque car accident lawyers are available to help you get the compensation your injuries merit after a motor vehicle crash. At the Fine Law Firm, we have experience handling thousands of New Mexico automobile, truck, and motorcycle accident cases to successful conclusions. Call the Fine Law Firm today at (505) 889-3463 to schedule a free case evaluation.
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