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Woman sentenced to probation in deadly accident

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A woman charged in connection with a two-vehicle crash in June that resulted in the death of her sister has been sentenced to probation.

Court records state that Inez Crawley, 70, of Los Lunas, was given a 90-day sentence, with all time suspended and to be served on unsupervised probation, during an Oct. 20 change of plea hearing in Chaves County Magistrate Court. She is also required to pay $467 in fines.

The sentence handed down by Magistrate Judge E.J. Fouratt was in line with the recommendations made by the District Attorney’s Office as part of a change of plea agreement, in which Crawley changed her initial plea from not guilty to no contest on one count each of careless driving and failure to obey a traffic signal.

Initially Crawley had been charged with homicide by vehicle, great bodily harm, in the June 15 crash at the intersection of Southeast Main Street and Brasher Road in which 76-year-old Ellen Adams of Albuquerque died.

Crawley was driving a Toyota Camry southbound on Southeast Main Street when, according to court documents, she failed to stop for a red light at the intersection.

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The Camry then collided with a Ford F-150 pickup truck traveling west on Brasher Road, hitting it on the passenger side. The vehicles briefly became attached before separating at the center median of West Brasher Road.

Court records state the Camry continued west before coming to a final stop in a field west of Southeast Main. The pickup, which at the time had a trailer attached to it, came to a final stop at the southwest corner of the intersection.

Adams, who was a passenger in the Camry and not wearing a seatbelt, sustained fatal injuries and was later pronounced dead at the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator, court records state.

A press release issued at the time by the Roswell Police Department stated that Adams and Crawley were sisters.

Court records state the 48-year-old male driver of the pickup was not injured, but that both vehicles in the collision were heavily damaged.

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

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