Roosevelt County, NM – On August 18, at around noon, the New Mexico State Police responded to the 1400 block of Roosevelt Road 5, just outside Portales, for a female who had been hit by a flatbed trailer.
The initial investigation indicated that Virginia Poe, 82, was checking her mailbox just off the road at her residence. Her 88-year-old neighbor, driving a 2001 GMC pickup and pulling an empty flatbed trailer, stopped along the roadway to talk to her.
After the conversation, the man drove onto Mrs. Poe’s property to make a U-turn. As he was entering the roadway the trailer struck Mrs. Poe, who was still standing near her mailbox.
Emergency Medical Services were called, and Mrs. Poe was transported to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced deceased by the Office of the Medical Investigator.
Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in this crash which was investigated by the New Mexico State Police.