A 61-year-old Gadsden Independent School District Librarian was tragically killed in a recent head-on automobile collision in the Anthony Gap near Chaparral. According to New Mexico State Police, the woman was driving a four-door Toyota near mile marker six on New Mexico 404 around 11:30 am when a Chevrolet sedan driven by a 45-year-old Chaparral man allegedly crossed the center line and struck her vehicle. Following the accident, rescue crews transported the 45-year-old man and two children who were riding in his car, a 10-year-old and a 12-year-old, to University Medical Center in El Paso, Texas for medical treatment. Sadly, the Chaparral High School Head Librarian was pronounced dead at the scene of the tragic collision.
The exact cause of the deadly traffic wreck is now under investigation by the Doña Ana County District Attorney's Office. According to State Police, the driver of the Chevrolet claims he blacked out immediately prior to the crash. Law enforcement officials apparently do not believe drugs or alcohol played a factor in the fatal accident. It is currently unclear whether the driver who allegedly caused the wreck will face charges.
Both drivers and passengers are catastrophically injured or killed in avoidable New Mexico traffic collisions each year. Car accidents may be caused by a wide array of factors including an intoxicated, impaired, inattentive, or reckless motorist. Crashes can also result from hazardous road conditions, medical emergencies, weather, and automobile defects. In New Mexico, the victim of a negligent motorist may be able to recover damages for their medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, pain and suffering, and any disability that resulted from a traffic wreck. Additionally, the spouse, child, parent, or other close relative of someone who died in a New Mexico motor vehicle collision may be eligible to recover the costs associated with a loved one's funeral and wrongful death.
New Mexico is a comparative fault accident state. This means an individual who suffered harm in a traffic wreck may receive damages for his or her crash injuries even if he or she was partially responsible for the accident. If you were hurt or lost a loved one in an automobile accident in New Mexico, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your options for recovery in more detail.
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