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State Police identify woman killed in Dec. 2 crash

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New Mexico State Police officers at the scene of a three-vehicle crash Dec. 2 in south Roswell that left one woman dead and two other people injured. On Thursday, Dusty Francisco, an officer with the State Police Public Affairs Unit, said the woman who died has been identified as Gladys Rivera, 36, of Roswell. (Daily Record File Photo)

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New Mexico State Police have disclosed the name of a woman who died in a Dec. 2 crash in south Roswell.

The Office of the Medical Investigator identified the woman killed in the three-vehicle collision as 36-year-old Gladys Rivera of Roswell, Dusty Francisco, public information officer with the State Police, said Thursday.

Rivera reportedly died after the 2013 Ford F-150 pickup truck she was driving at about 5:30 p.m. collided with a 2010 Acura and a U.S. Postal Service mail van in the area of South Main Street and Brasher Road, according to a Dec. 4 press release from State Police about the incident.

Field investigators with the Office of the Medical Investigator pronounced Rivera dead at the scene, while a 30-year-old Dexter man who had been driving the Acura sustained critical injuries. He was later transported by air to a Lubbock hospital. No additional information about his condition had been released as of Thursday.

The driver of the mail van, a 42-year-old woman, was treated for minor injuries at the scene. Damage to both the F-150 and the Acura was substantial.

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Information in the Dec. 4 press release stated that the cause of the collision remained under investigation but based on early findings, alcohol did not appear to be a contributing factor.

Early findings from the investigation suggested that in the moments preceding the crash, Rivera was heading south on Main Street when for unknown reasons her F-150 rammed into a 2015 Dodge Journey at the intersection of Main and 2nd streets in downtown Roswell.

When the F-150 hit the Dodge Journey, the Dec. 4 press release states, the two vehicles became latched together and continued south on Main Street. The vehicles became detached once they reached the intersection of Main and Hobbs streets and shortly before the F-150 struck a 2019 Chevy Silverado.

The F-150, according to the press release, then veered into the northbound lane while continuing south on Main Street at a high rate of speed, when it hit a Honda passenger vehicle.

A State Police officer near the intersection of Main and Poe Streets witnessed the F-150 heading south at a high rate of speed and attempted to catch up to it before it burst into flames immediately after colliding with the Acura and mail van. State Police then quickly arrived on the scene and attempted to extinguish the flames.

No additional information related to the State Police investigation into the crash was available by press time Monday.

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

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