Police records obtained by the Daily Record Wednesday indicate the fatal crash near the Roswell Relief Route Friday was alcohol-related and a result of excessive speeding.
“There was evidence that (the driver) was intoxicated at the time of the collision,” an officer stated in a Roswell Police Department accident report. “I believe the collision is a result of excessive speed, reckless driving and intoxication of the driver.”
The report obtained by the newspaper states that Sean Michael Murphy, 48, purchased two small bottles of banana schnapps and three small bottles of 99 Bananas from a convenience store less than a half hour before the two-vehicle crash at about 5:22 p.m., according to a receipt found in his pickup truck.
Police said Murphy’s pickup rear-ended a box truck at a stoplight at the intersection of South Main Street and the Roswell Relief Route.
Police said a paper bag containing three small bottles of 99 Bananas was found in the front of Murphy’s vehicle. One of the bottles of liqueur, with an alcohol volume of 49.5 percent, was reportedly empty.
In addition, Murphy had consumed seven shots of the same alcohol before leaving his residence to purchase the alcohol from the convenience store, according to the accident report.
The posted speed limit on South Main Street is 50 miles per hour. Multiple witnesses reported that Murphy, identified as the driver of “vehicle No. 2” in the report, was speeding.
“Vehicle No. 2 is southbound on Main Street traveling approximately 92 mph at the time of impact,” the report states.
Both vehicles involved in the crash sustained massive damages in all areas, with the box truck flipping over onto its passenger side and erupting into flames. Two occupants of the box truck, employees of Aaron’s, were rescued by an off-duty Roswell firefighter and a good Samaritan that has not yet been identified.
The accident report also states that Murphy was not wearing a seatbelt.
Police said the results of Murphy’s blood tests are pending an autopsy with the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator.
Multimedia-Crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.