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Rollover crash changes family's lives in an instant

Many families in the U.S. have dealt with the effects of a car accident. Some injuries are mild, others extremely serious. Then there is the potential for fatalities that car accidents possess. Some would argue that the uncertainty that comes with a severe injury is even worse than a quick death. That is what happened to the father of a mixed martial arts fighter who not only trains for his bouts but also takes care of his father around the clock.

The rollover accident that changed his father's life forever happened in 1991 when the young athlete and his family were living in San Juan County, N.M. At the time, the MMA fighter was 11 years old. The accident occurred on Bloomfield Highway 64 on April 1. It caused the truck that his father was in to roll seven different times. His father was thrown from the vehicle and sustained a severe brain injury that has left him incapable of caring for himself ever since.

Physicians thought that his father would die from his injuries. Instead, he survived but has never been the same. Before the accident, the man enjoyed racing mini sprint cars at the Aztec Speedway. But that will never happen again.

DUI accident turns fatal, driver sentenced

Countless families in New Mexico have been scarred by the consequences of a car accident. When alcohol is involved, the blame is often placed on the person who was drinking and driving and emotions tend to run high. This was no different at the recent sentencing of one woman accused of causing a fatal crash while she was under the influence of alcohol.

The accident occurred in 2010 when the woman, a former actress on the show "Melrose Place," was driving her sport utility vehicle. According to the authorities, she had been drinking before getting behind the wheel. The collision occurred when another vehicle containing a man and his wife was turning into the driveway of their home. Records indicate that the blood alcohol content of the accused driver was more than three times the legal limit.

Driver who killed pedestrian acts out during sentencing

The sentencing of a New Mexico man has brought more woes for the family of a 19-year-old man who was killed by the perpetrator. According to authorities, the teenager was riding his bike across the country with a group of friends in order to raise money for breast cancer awareness. He had left his home in Pennsylvania in May 2010.

In June of that year, the 19-year-old was struck by a man in Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico. The pedestrian accident occurred while the young man was riding his bike along a highway located on a Native American reservation. It was unclear whether the collision had killed the cyclist instantly or if he sustained injuries that he later succumbed to. Charged with negligent homicide, the driver reportedly showed no remorse. He pleaded guilty to his charge in October and will be spending six months in jail.

NM Supreme Court breathes new life into DOT suit

A car accident took the lives of three individuals in New Mexico in December 2005. and a recent decision from the state Supreme Court will allow the families of these individuals to have another trial for their lawsuit against the Department of Transportation.

Records indicate that the fatal accident on NM 502 between Pojoaque and Los Alamos, New Mexico, took the lives of three individuals: a 32-year-old man from Española, New Mexico; a 24-year-old man from the same town and a 23-year-old female from Chimayó, New Mexico. The latter individuals were riding in a Ford Probe while the 32-year-old was driving a Chevrolet Caprice.

Instructor in critical condition after New Mexico campus crash

A college nursing instructor in Las Cruces was the victim of a car accident on the first day back to class after the holidays. The 53-year-old woman suffered severe injuries in a pedestrian accident on the campus of New Mexico State University.

Campus police said the victim was making her way through a crosswalk at a campus intersection controlled by stop signs. The vehicle that hit the Doña Ana Community College instructor apparently stopped and was moving slowly at the time of impact, according to investigators.

Truck collision on New Mexico's I-40 kills 3, injures 2

Survivors may be able to explain the circumstances surrounding a crash on New Mexico's Interstate 40. State police know the fatal accident occurred when a tractor-trailer crossed from the eastbound lanes into the path of a rental truck.

All three people in the Enterprise rental died including a 47-year-old father and his 21-year-old son. The 27-year-old rental truck driver was also killed in the fatal accident near Grants. All of the victims were from out of state.

Take note of crash details as soon as possible

Hundreds of thousands of people in New Mexico are exposed to the dangers of the road on a regular basis. Many take the use of a motor vehicle for granted, assuming that they will return home safe after this trip is over. However, there some cases where they will not return home and become involved in an accident.

Car accidents vary in severity, but if someone is injured, it may be wise to take note of what happened soon after the incident is over. With the memory still fresh in a person's head, testimonies and written records of what happened may be more reliable and acceptable in courts and to insurance companies.

Man snaps photo of Bieber, is hit by SUV on walk back to car

The dangers of being a celebrity photographer were recently underscored by the death of a man who had just finished taking pictures of Justin Bieber. According to reports, the photographer was from New Mexico and was struck by an SUV while he was crossing a major road in Los Angeles to return to his vehicle. The pedestrian accident highlights the dangers of the paparazzi profession and the care that pedestrians should take when crossing busy roads.

Officials said that the photographer was following Bieber's white Ferrari when the singer's vehicle was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol. The famous singer was not driving at the time-a friend was allegedly behind the wheel of the vehicle when it was being followed by the photographer. The traffic stop occurred around 5:45 p.m. Authorities noted that the Ferrari exited the freeway it was seen speeding on and stopped on Sepulveda Boulevard.

Conviction for driver that took the life of motorcyclist

A fatal crash during May 2011 near Chimayo, New Mexico, resulted in charges against a 57-year-old man. He was recently convicted of those charges, many of them stemming from the fact that he was driving drunk. Officially, the 57-year-old man was charged with two counts of aggravated DWI, two counts of great bodily injury by vehicle, one count of vehicular homicide and one count of knowingly leaving the scene of an accident.

The DWI accident occurred on May 28, 2011, during Memorial Day weekend, while a 51-year-old man and five others were on a motorcycle trip together. The 51-year-old man was the leader of the Duke City Drifters, a motorcycle club based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The group was traveling through northern New Mexico when they encountered the allegedly drunk driver.

Unborn son's death leads to political activism

A 43-year-old man has been jailed in the San Miguel County Detention Facility since June of this year. He was allegedly behind the wheel of a vehicle that collided with a married couple near Las Vegas, New Mexico. Authorities believe that the man was driving under the influence of alcohol during the car accident.

The couple lost their unborn child in the crash. When emergency responders arrived at the scene, they realized that the woman was seven months pregnant and had her rushed to Christus St. Vincent's Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Once there, doctors performed an emergency cesarean section on the woman. The son, born early, survived for approximately one minute after being delivered.

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