Teen dies while ‘vehicle surfing’

October 29, 2013 • Local News

An 18-year-old youth died in the county as a result of a tragic accident, Monday night. The incident occurred in the area around Old Clovis Highway and Bitter Lake Road.

[auth] Chaves County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Daniel Ornelas said the young man was vehicle surfing, or standing on the hood of a truck while it was in motion.

“He lost his balance, slipped and fell in front of the vehicle.”

Ornelas reported that the vehicle was not going fast.

“The driver was unable to stop in time. He was distraught when he heard his friend was dead.”

The accident is still under investigation, but Ornelas said authorities learned that there was no alcohol involved.

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