A Roswell man, Chad Jessup, 37, died, Wednesday, following a crash between a motorcycle and truck on Highway 285 near mile post 100.
According to friends, Jessup was driving home from work in Artesia around 7 p.m.
The New Mexico State Police reported that the 2009 black Harley-Davidson motorcycle driven by Jessup collided with a 2000 tan Ford truck, which pulled onto Hwy. 285 from Darby Road.
The driver of the pickup, Martin Muñoz of Dexter, told officials he had just entered U.S. Hwy 285 eastbound on Darby Road and crossed the median to turn northbound when he felt something strike his vehicle from the rear.
The NMSP investigation determined the Harley-Davidson was driving northbound and collided with the truck. Jessup was thrown from the motorcycle, landing on the roadway. He succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead by the Office of the Medical Investigator on scene.
Jessup was a member of the Guerreros Riders. He had a wife and two children. Jessup participated in the Casa Toy Run in 2011 and was supposed to ride in this year’s Casa Toy Drive.
Guerreros Club President Jorge Armendariz said: “He was a great guy. He was always riding his bike. He was a good friend and a good husband.
“He was always willing to help the community, especially the kids.”
When discussing the accident, Armendariz said: “I guess the other driver didn’t see him.”
NMSP ruled that one of the contributing factors in this crash has been identified as driver inattention.
Sgt. Roberto Diaz said that the truck exhibited a large amount of damage, which could indicate excessive speed on the part of the motorcycle, but agreed that he did not believe the truck driver saw the motorcycle.
The case is still under investigation, with results pending the autopsy.