Sheriff injured in three-vehicle accident

November 15, 2011 • Local News

Chaves County Sheriff’s Deputy Garrett Hamman, 23, was injured around 9 a.m. Monday when his marked Chaves County Sheriff Unit 2006 Chevy Impala was involved in a three-vehicle accident at the intersection of Barkly Road and Highway 285.

Hamman was traveling southbound on 285 after working night shift at the SO.The driver of a blue 2001 Dodge Intrepid, Angel Hernandez, 64, was travelling east on Barkly Road and failed to stop at a stop sign.

“He drove into traffic on [auth] 285, causing the Sheriff’s Deputy to strike the Intrepid in a T-bone fashion. The Sheriff’s vehicle crossed over the median strip and into northbound lane, clipping a silver Toyota and coming to rest in the shoulder,” said Lt. Javier Moncada of the New Mexico State Police.

The investigation revealed that the Intrepid spun northbound and remained in the southbound lanes as the Sheriff unit traveled southeast towards the median and onto the northbound lanes. The Chaves County Sheriff unit struck a 1999 silver Toyota, being driven by Denise Jenkins-Todd, age 50.

The Toyota was traveling northbound on US 285. The Silver Toyota spun counter clockwise and remained in the northbound lanes. The driver of the Toyota had to be extricated from the vehicle using the jaws of life.

All vehicles sustained heavy damage as a result of the collision. All three were transported to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, 405 W. Country Club Rd. for treatment of their injuries.

At the scene Chaves County Sheriff James (Rob) Coon reported that the Deputy’s injuries were not life threatening. “He’s been banged up a bit. He’ll be sore in the morning.”

“Hernandez was flown to Lubbock. The driver of the Toyota and Hamman were treated for minor injuries,” Moncada said.

Contributing factors to this crash are driver inattention, failure to stop at an Intersection and no seatbelt. Officials believe alcohol was also a contributing factor.

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