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Crash takes out power, driver disappears

On behalf of Law Office of Matthew Vance, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Thursday, October 11, 2012

What happens when the police arrive on the scene of a car crash and no one is found? That is the question that has been asked recently due to a car accident that occurred in Belen, New Mexico. It was a single-vehicle crash and alcohol may have been involved. Had another car been involved, the accident could have caused serious injury to an unsuspecting victim.

There is only one person suspected of being in the vehicle: a 29-year-old male from another state who has reportedly been in New Mexico working for the past 10 months. Reports indicate that the 29-year-old man was driving a white Dodge pickup truck before the accident occurred later that same evening on Highway 47 in Valencia County.

Since the crash, he has not been in contact with any friends or family. According to his girlfriend, the man left his hotel room in Los Lunas, New Mexico, before the crash occurred. She said that he had been drinking and was angry when he took off. She believes that he thinks he is in trouble. Friends who want him found and filed a missing person's report. They have also placed flyers around Valencia County with pictures of him, hoping that someone has seen him alive.

Investigators believe that the vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed into a power pole. The pickup truck continued to travel through a barbed wire fence. Some time after coming to a stop, the driver of the vehicle walked toward the highway -- as evidenced by footprints -- and has not been seen since. Friends are concerned that he may have been injured in the crash.

Besides the fact that other people could have been hurt, this provides an opportunity to inform readers of the importance of not fleeing the scene of an accident. It's important, in the event that there are injuries, to notify police immediately.

Source: KRQE, "Crash turns to missing person's case," Katie Kim, Oct. 3, 2012