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Collision claims life of 7-year-old Artesian boy 


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ARTESIA — New Mexico State Police officers responded to a fatal collision Wednesday afternoon near Artesia.

According to a press release, officers arrived on scene around 4:30 p.m. on U.S. 285 near mile post 76.

An investigation revealed that a Chrysler sedan driven by Janell Archibeque of Lake Arthur was heading north on U.S. 285 when she turned left at the intersection of Funk Road and was struck by a southbound vehicle, which was identified as a Toyota pickup.

NMSP said evidence gathered at the scene indicated that the occupants in Archibeque’s vehicle were unrestrained at the time of the crash.

London Orona, who is 2 years old, and 7-year-old Cy Palmer both of Artesia sustained serious injuries along with the driver and were transported to Artesia General Hospital and later flown to Covenant Hospital in Lubbock.

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State police said Palmer sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased by the attending physician at AGH.

“Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the families in this event,” said Artesia Public Schools Supt. Dr. Crit Caton.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Cy to our Roselawn Elementary (School) family. The Artesia Public Schools requests that you keep all involved in your thoughts and prayers,” Caton added.

NMSP said the driver of the Toyota was treated and released at the scene by responding medical personnel.

The Eddy County Sheriff’s Office assisted NMSP, according to Sheriff Mark Cage.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family,” Cage said.

With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up, Cage offered a reminder to those who may be traveling.

“We urge everyone to please drive cautiously and safely this holiday season,” he said.

An account has been set up at Western Bank in Artesia for the Orona family, according to those close to the family.

NMSP said the crash is still under investigation.

General assignment reporter Mike Smith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 307, or at sports2@rdrnews.com.

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