5 killed in Labor Day weekend crashes

Posted at: 09/02/2013 8:08 AM | Updated at: 09/02/2013 9:01 AM
By: Erica Zucco and Elizabeth Reed, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It's been a deadly holiday weekend on roads across the state.

New Mexico state police Sgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez confirmed there have been three deadly crashes involving drivers rolling their vehicles. In two of those crashes, victims were not wearing seatbelts.

On Sunday, investigators said 42-year-old Fred Apachito fell asleep at the wheel and rolled his truck on U.S. 60 near Socorro. Apachito, his pregnant daughter and 3-year-old grandson were killed.

According to state police, none of them were wearing seatbelts.

On Friday, two crashes claimed the lives of a child and teen.

In Lincoln County on U.S. 285, a driver rolled her vehicle, ejecting a 5-year-old, who died at the scene. A 3-year-old was also taken to the hospital, but she is now with her family. Police said the children were not restrained in car seats.

Investigators suspect alcohol and speed played a factor in the crash.

The third crash happened on I-25 northbound near Las Cruces. Police said 18-year-old Amanda Varela rolled her truck and was killed after being ejected.

Authorities urge drivers to be cautious on the final day of the holiday weekend and to always wear seatbelts.


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