Mother and son dead in Las Cruces wrong-way crash

On behalf of Law Office of Matthew Vance, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Thursday, November 8, 2012

Two people are dead and one is seriously injured after a collision that occurred late last month. The crash that happened on U.S. Highway 70 in Las Cruces, New Mexico, involved two vehicles, one of which was an Isuzu Rodeo. The car accident killed a 35-year-old mother and her 15-year-old son.

The collision occurred a little after 8 a.m. The mother and son were driving eastbound on the highway in a four-door sedan, while a 21-year-old woman driving the Isuzu was headed westbound. The SUV suddenly traveled across the highway and into oncoming traffic and collided with the sedan. Authorities are uncertain what caused the SUV to cross the median.

Reports indicate that the SUV rolled over onto Bataan Memorial East after the collision, which threw the driver from the vehicle. She was originally taken to a hospital in Las Cruces but was soon airlifted to a larger hospital due to her severe injuries.

Citizens living in the area are worried about the safety of the stretch of Highway 70 where the collision occurred. According to reports, this is at least the sixth fatal crash that has occurred on Highway 70 in the last two years, according to a nearby resident who has witnessed the accidents. Apparently there is no barrier in the median where the most recent crash occurred.

Residents discussing the crash and the unsafe conditions of the highway said they were getting used to sirens and have heard of many near-misses. Some avoid using the stretch of highway.

An official with the New Mexico Department of Transportation said that many safety features will be installed, with construction set to begin next year. It's unfortunate that the state has to be reactive instead of proactive.

Source: KVIA, "2 killed in Highway 70 crash in southern New Mexico," Vanessa de la Viña, Oct. 31, 2012