A crash report from the Roswell Police Department details the two-vehicle accident on Second Street from Thursday was caused by a young driver failing to stop at a red light.
According to the report’s narrative, after authorities arrived at the corner of North Lea Avenue and West Second Street at 4:14 p.m., it was observed that a white van had been traveling east on Second Street, crossing Lea Avenue, and that the second vehicle, a black Jeep, was traveling south and made a left turn onto Second Street from Lea Avenue, running a red light.
A passenger from the 18-year-old’s vehicle, a 17-year-old girl, complained of back and neck pain and was taken to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center by ambulance.
Police said the van involved in the accident had damage to its front bumper and quarter panels, while the Jeep encountered damage to its front bumper, left quarter panel, passenger side door and rear quarter panel.
In contrast to police and the driver of the van, the 18-year-old told police he believes his light to turn east onto Second Street from Lea Avenue was green.
“(He) stated as soon as he entered the intersection, he observed the light to be red and struck (the vehicle,)” an RPD officer wrote.
Police said the 18-year-old man was cited.