Lea County, NM – On October 13, just after midnight, New Mexico State Police officers were dispatched to Gill Road and Megert Lane, west of Lovington for a pedestrian who had been hit by a vehicle.
The initial investigation indicated that Jesus L. Montoya, 22 of Lovington had apparently crashed and rolled his 2006 Chevrolet pickup on Gill Road. The pickup came to rest in the middle of Gill Road. Montoya got out of the truck and was walking in the bar ditch.
A 2002 Toyota SUV driven by a 42-year-old Lovington woman was traveling north on Gill Road and came up on the crashed pickup in the middle of the road. She swerved into the bar ditch to avoid hitting the truck and Montoya was struck by the vehicle.
Montoya was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased by the Office of the Medical Investigator. The driver of the Toyota was not injured. This crash remains under investigation by the New Mexico State Police.