Double Fatal Crash on SR 529 in Eddy County

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Written by Officer Ray Wilson 04/20/2022

Eddy County, NM – On April 19, at around 11:30 p.m. the New Mexico State Police, investigated a double fatal crash involving two vehicles on State Road 529 west of Maljamar, NM.

The initial investigation indicated that a 2020 Dodge van was traveling west on SR 529. For unknown reasons it crossed the center line and collided head-on with an eastbound International commercial motor vehicle (CMV), driven by Juan S. Martinez-Garcia, 42, of Hobbs, NM. Both drivers were killed in the collision and pronounced deceased on the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator. An 18-year-old male passenger in the CMV was airlifted from the scene, his condition is not known. The driver of the van will not be identified until the family has been properly notified.

The 18-year-old was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. This crash is under investigation by the New Mexico State Police.