Roswell woman preaches responsible drinking after scary crash

Leonard Tapia
June 26, 2017 06:02 PM

ROSWELL, N.M. – People drinking and driving. It’s something we hear about far too often in our state.


Now, one New Mexican is speaking out after a drunk driver almost took the lives of her and a loved one.

Rocio Avitia told KOB she and her 5-year-old nephew were literally inches away from the safety of their house when the unthinkable happened.

“I hear, like, a bunch of screeching sounds,” Avitia said. “And then I just felt it – just a hit and it was just…it was pretty hard.”

Avitia and her nephew had reportedly been rear-ended by a drunk driver while pulling into the driveway of their Roswell home.

“The officer came to talk to me in the hospital and I asked him, 'How fast do you think she was going?’ And he told me, ‘Yeah, she was probably going 70 to 80 mph to hit you that hard,’” she said.

The impact from the crash was so intense the bed of the truck Avitia was driving completely detached and slammed into a nearby van.

“I was obviously scared,” she said. “I mean, as soon as it was over I could hear my nephew screaming in the background. He was just absolutely going crazy and I just see him covered in blood. It’s just shocking to me.”

While Avitia and her nephew walked away with a few bruises, broken teeth and cuts, she now has a message for everyone that is quite simple.

“Alcohol: you have to be responsible,” Avitia said. “And if you're not responsible, then don't consume it.”

The driver, 33-year-old Gladice Rivera, was arrested and charged with aggravated DWI and reckless driving. She was booked into the Chaves County Detention Center and released on judge's orders.

KOB reached out to the court to find out the conditions of her release, but have not heard back as of Monday afternoon.


Leonard Tapia

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