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State Police release name of man killed in fatal crash

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New Mexico State Police have released the name of the man who died in a two-vehicle collision Tuesday on the Relief Route just outside Roswell.

According to a press release issued Wednesday by State Police, 76-year-old Trinidad V. Loya of Roswell died after being struck by a tractor-trailer at the intersection of the Relief Route and West Country Club Road.

The incident remains under investigation, but the press release states initial findings indicate Loya entered the intersection while driving a four-wheeler ATV when, for unknown reasons, he failed to yield and was hit by a 2015 Western commercial vehicle that was heading south on the Relief Route.

Loya was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator. According to the press release, the driver of the truck — a 51-year-old man from Albuquerque — was not injured. Alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the crash.

State Police along with Chaves County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Roswell police responded to the crash at about 5 p.m., Chaves County Sheriff Mike Herrington said.

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Because of the accident, West Country Club Road between Sycamore Avenue and Peaceful Valley Road was closed, along with a segment of the Relief Route between West College Boulevard and West Berrendo Road, Herrington said.

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

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