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Drunk driver rear ends, kills man

When anyone seeks a driver's license in New Mexico, they generally learn about some of the rules of the road in the state. These rules include those that govern drunk driving. It is illegal to drive a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content over 0.08 percent. In addition to the laws, many public awareness campaigns highlight the dangers of operating a vehicle after consuming alcohol. Unfortunately, there remain too many people who refuse to put safety first. As such, drunk drivers continue to cause accidents that both injure and even kill innocent people.

A recent example of this can be seen in a tragic and senseless crash that claimed the life of a man who was only 41 years old. The incident occurred in Roosevelt County along a portion of U.S. 70. The drunk driver and the other driver were both headed in the same direction on the highway. The man who was killed was in a small passenger car while the drunk driver was in a pickup truck behind him.

The pickup truck driver is reported to have rear ended the small car at a speed over the posted speed limit. Both vehicles rolled over and went off the road. The man in the car was thrown from his vehicle and died at the scene of the crash. The drunk driver's BAC was at 0.14 percent and his injuries were said to be only minor. It is not known if the family of the deceased man has chosen to seek civil compensation but criminal charges have been filed.

People who lose loved ones in New Mexico may want to talk with a lawyer about how to seek compensation.

Source: My High Plains, "New Mexico State Police Investigating Fatal Drunk Driving Crash in Roosevelt County," Karl Wemhoener, April 2, 1018

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