New Mexico State Police send out ‘Deadly Weekend’ press release

Posted: November 2, 2011 in Uncategorized
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The following is a press release sent out Tuesday from New Mexico State Police that was e-mailed with the subject line “Deadly Weekend” that reports numerous deaths around the state (eight to be exact) in various traffic crashes. Several of the deaths may have been the result of no seatbelt:

Since Thursday of last week, the New Mexico State Police has investigated six fatal traffic crashes, resulting in eight fatalities.  The failure to wear seatbelts has been proven to lower the risk of dying in a crash.  The survivability rate of vehicle occupants involved in these crashes would have been greatly improved if seatbelts were used.

Last Thursday on I-40, near milepost 305 westbound in Guadalupe County, Mr. Robert Walker (67) of Dalhart, Texas was killed in a single vehicle rollover crash.  The investigation revealed that the vehicle traveled over a slick spot in the roadway causing it collide with an embankment.  Mr. Walker was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene.  Mr. Walker was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Last Friday on I-25, near milepost 433 northbound in Colfax County, Heather Williams (39) and Amanda Samuels (20) were killed when the vehicle they were occupants in rolled over.  The investigation revealed that Williams was ejected from the vehicle while Samuels remained inside.  Neither was wearing seatbelts.

This same day on US 62, near milepost 70 eastbound in Lea County, Hector Magana (45) died after the vehicle he was driving rolled over.  The vehicle entered the shoulder for unknown reasons at which point Mr. Magana overcorrected and subsequently caused the vehicle to roll.  Magana was not wearing his seatbelt.

Saturday night on US 54/70, near milepost 74 northbound in Otero County, Alfredo Morales (51) and Jose Edgar (28) were passengers in a vehicle being driven by Jais Martinez (23).  Due to excessive speed Martinez lost control of the 1995 Chevrolet as it entered a ditch on the right shoulder.  The vehicle subsequently rolled ejecting Morales and Edgar, who weren’t wearing seatbelts.  Both were pronounced deceased at the scene.  Martinez, who was wearing a seatbelt, was flown to University Medical Center in El Paso.  Excessive speed and alcohol were contributing factors in this crash.

Again Saturday night on US 550, near milepost 20 southbound in Sandoval County, Roy Heidelberger (69) was killed when the propane truck he was driving mysteriously left the roadway, down and embankment and rolled.  Mr. Heidelberger was pronounced deceased at the scene.

A press release was sent out on Monday detailing a fatal accident that occurred in Chavez County.  The deceased in this accident, James Lodoza (14), was not wearing his seatbelt.

Statistics clearly indicate that the use of seatbelts saves lives.  It is not just a law enforcement slogan.  During this upcoming holiday season State Police and Motor Transportation Police will be conducting regular seatbelt enforcement patrols.

  1. Ashley Meeks says:

    “The failure to wear seatbelts has been proven to lower the risk of dying in a crash.” I think that should say “increase.”

  2. Chief Robert Shilling says:

    Thanks Geoff…as always.

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