Chaves County — On Sunday, September 22, 2013, at approximately 8:26 PM; New Mexico State Police responded to the scene of a one vehicle rollover crash on US 285 near mile post 79, just north of Artesia, NM.
Initial investigation by New Mexico State Police determined that a tan 2006 Ford F-150 truck was traveling northbound on US 285. The vehicle was driven by Ms. Anna M. Sanchez, age 50, of Las Cruces, NM. Evidence located at the scene indicates Ms. Sanchez crashed onto the guardrail on the east side of the highway, and then rolled into an arroyo where the vehicle came to rest.
Due to her injuries Ms. Sanchez was flown from the scene. While in flight to the hospital, Ms. Sanchez succumbed to her injuries.
The contributing factors in this crash have been identified as driver inattention, and failure to utilize safety restraints. Alcohol also appears to be a contributing factor in this crash.
Contact: Sergeant Emmanuel Gutierrez