• June 01, 2017

1 Killed, Samantha Pacheco, Jayden Perez, Larry Solley, Others Injured in Lincoln Co., NM, Accident

Lincoln County, NM -- May 30, 2017, one person was killed, Samantha Pacheco, Jayden Perez, and others were injured, following a car accident.

Investigators from the New Mexico State Police were called out to examine the accident scene at around 5:00 p.m. They say the crash took place along US Highway 54 outside of Carrizozo.

Preliminary details indicate that 26-year-old Samantha Pacheco was driving a 2016 Ford Fusion along southbound lanes of the highway. As she did so, her path and that of an oncoming vehicle driven by 52-year-old Larry Solley somehow crossed. This resulted in a head-on collision.

As a result of the collision, a male passenger from Solley's vehicle, name not given, was killed. Solley and another passenger, 31-year-old Joseph Merrell, were taken to local hospitals with serious injuries.

Pacheco and one of her passengers, 6-year-old Jayden Perez, sustained serious injuries and were both airlifted to University Medical Center. Two other passengers in her vehicle, 26-year-old Moses Perez and 2-year-old Matthew Perez, were also taken to a hospital with non-critical injuries.

At this time, police say the cause of the accident is still under investigation. No further details have been released.

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