Two Dexter men were killed in a head-on collision on U.S. Refinery Road in Eddy County when a pick-up truck hit the vehicle they were driving Friday morning.
Jonathan Venegas, 20, and Julio Carreon, 33, of Dexter, were pronounced dead at the scene, about three miles south of U.S. 62 and U.S. 180.
Two New Mexico State Police officers responded to the accident at 6:02 a.m. Police reported that Brad Williams, 36, of Carlsbad, was driving a Toyota Tundra southbound when he veered into the northbound lane and struck the Ford Focus driven by Venegas.
Williams told police he was trying to pass a water truck prior to the collision. Police could not confirm Williams’ statement, as the water truck was not located at the scene of the crash, according to a press release.
Williams was taken to Carlsbad Medical Center for treatment. He was cited for careless driving and for not wearing his seatbelt, according to police. Alcohol did not contribute to the accident.