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Retired state district judge killed in accident

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The scene of a vehicle versus bicycle accident Tuesday afternoon at the 2900 block of West Second Street where the bicyclist was killed. Roswell Police announced Tuesday evening the victim was retired local District Court Judge Alvin Jones, 74 of Roswell. Jones served on the bench from 1986 until his retirement in 2004. (Alex Ross Photo)

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Alvin Jones, who served as New Mexico 5th District Court Division II Judge from 1987 until 2004, died Tuesday when the bicycle he was riding was struck by a minivan.

Judge Alvin Jones (Submitted Photo)

Roswell Police identified the deceased as Jones, 74, of Roswell, Tuesday night in a post on their Facebook page.

The accident happened at about 1 p.m. at the 2900 block of West Second Street and police closed off the eastbound lanes of the street to traffic Tuesday afternoon.

Jones – on his bicycle – and a minivan were both traveling east on West Second Street when Jones came into the street and was struck by the front of the vehicle, causing Jones to be thrown from his bicycle, according to Todd Wildermuth, public information officer for the Roswell Police Department.

He died at the scene of the accident.

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The female driver of the minivan was transported to a local hospital by ambulance, but Wildermuth said Tuesday evening that he did not have information on the driver’s injuries.

The determination as to whether the driver will face charges is pending until the investigation is complete, Wildermuth said.

Jones was appointed to fill to a vacancy on the 5th Judicial District Court in 1986 by then-Gov. Tony Anaya. He was consistently re-elected until his retirement in 2004. After his retirement, Jones practiced law at Hennighausen & Olsen LLP where he is listed on the website as a partner with the firm.

Outside the courtroom, Jones also helped pioneer two local chapters of organizations: Chaves County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) in 1987, and Character Counts! Chaves County in 1994.

In a post on their Facebook page Tuesday night, Character Counts! in Chaves County asked people to keep Jones’ family in their prayers.

“Character Counts! in Chaves County mourns the loss of our founder, the Honorable Judge Alvin Jones,” the post states.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.