Two Eastern New Mexico University college students were unfortunately killed in a recent Quay County one-vehicle rollover accident. According to a representative for the New Mexico State Police, Sergeant Emmanuel Guttierez, a 19-year-old Clovis woman was driving a 2003 Chevrolet sport utility vehicle south on N.M. 469 when she unexpectedly lost control of the vehicle and left the roadway. The SUV apparently rolled at least twice before coming to a stop. Regrettably, a 19-year-old Clayton woman and a 20-year-old Texas woman were ejected from the vehicle. Both died at the scene of the single-vehicle wreck. Additionally, the driver of the SUV was reportedly taken by ambulance to a local hospital with injuries that were not deemed to be life-threatening.
The exact cause of the fatal accident is currently under investigation by New Mexico State Police. Guttierez stated police do not believe alcohol played a role in the tragic wreck. He added that the two college students who died were not utilizing a safety belt at the time of the crash. The driver, however, was apparently wearing a seat-belt.
Sadly, deadly one-vehicle accidents like this one occur on the many interstates and other roadways across New Mexico every year. For example, about 350 motorists and passengers were killed in a New Mexico car accident in 2011. Nearly 70 percent of those deaths resulted from a single-car wreck.