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Tularosa man charged with vehicular homicide

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A man from Tularosa has been arrested and faces several charges after he allegedly caused a three-vehicle accident that left one person dead and two other people injured.

Luke Maxwell Towner (Submitted Photo)

Luke Maxwell Towner, 30, is charged with one count of vehicular homicide, one count of aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs and one count of great bodily harm by a vehicle while driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, according to court documents.

The accident occurred at about 10:20 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Southeast Main Street and East Hobbs Street, according to a press release issued by the Roswell Police Department.

Towner also allegedly struck a red Chevy in the passenger side that had been at the intersection.Towner was heading north on Southeast Main Street in a Toyota Tundra pickup truck, when he rear-ended a black Hyundai Genesis that was stopped at the intersection for a red light.

Investigators believe Towner was traveling at about 70 miles per hours at the time and did not apply his breaks before he collided with the Hyundai. Towner also allegedly struck a red Chevy in the passenger side at the same intersection.

Douglas Annis, 26, who had been seated in the right rear passenger seat of the Hyundai, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Roswell Fire Department personnel had to extricate Annis from the severely damaged car, according to the press release.

A 46-year-old Roswell woman who had been driving the Hyundai sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries. A 28-year-old man from Las Cruces in the front passenger seat of the Hyundai sustained minor injuries, according to the press release. The man and woman were both transported to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center to receive treatment for their injuries.

Towner, at the scene, allegedly said to police about the accident, “This is all my fault and I am responsible for all of this,” according to court documents.

Officers said they detected the odor of an alcoholic substance on Towner, who had bloodshot eyes and had a hard time walking due to an injury to his right ankle, according to court documents. He allegedly told police he drank whiskey before the incident and that he was intoxicated.

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