New Mexico State Police are investigating two crashes with double fatalities that occurred in Southeastern New Mexico.
Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in either of the crashes, according to NMSP.
On Sunday around 7:30 a.m., police responded to a fatal crash on U.S. 285 around mile-post 17 near Loving in Eddy County that claimed the life of a Roswell man, Michael Ponce, 39.
The initial investigation determined a 2004 Freightliner semi-truck was traveling north on U.S. 285, when for reasons that are still under investigation, the 2004 semi-truck crossed the center line into the south-bound lane. The 2004 semi-truck sideswiped a south-bound 2007 Freightliner semi-truck and then impacted a third south-bound 2013 Dodge passenger truck head-on, according to the crash report.
The driver, Ponce, and passenger of the Dodge, Fernando Garcia Martinez, 60, of Carlsbad both sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased at the scene. The drivers of both Freightliner semi-trucks were uninjured.
The crash is still under investigation with charges pending against the driver of the 2004 semi-truck. The driver will not be identified unless charges are filed.
U.S. 82 crash
At about 11 a.m. Friday, NMSP responded to a fatal crash on U.S. 82 around mile-post 36 near Mayhill in Otero County.
The initial investigation indicates a 2006 Chevy Impala was traveling east on U.S. 82 at a high rate of speed. The driver failed to negotiate a sharp curve in the road, struck a tree and subsequently rolled down an embankment, according to the crash report.
The male driver, Vicky Eudy, 63, of Alamogordo, and rear-seat passenger Mark Torrez, 53, of Artesia, both sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased at the scene. A front-seat passenger in the Chevy was transported to an area hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.