An Artesia man died as a result of a rollover crash that occurred at 5:34 a.m. Sunday. New Mexico State Police responded to the scene on State Road 2 at the intersection of Cherokee Road, just south of Dexter, to find Rodrigo Ceniseros-Gurrola, 21.
The NMSP investigation revealed that his 2008 GMC Sierra vehicle was traveling southbound on SR 2. The driver failed to negotiate a curve and drove off the roadway. The vehicle struck a wooden light post and began to roll as it crossed Cherokee Road, where a it hit a second light post.
This crash resulted in power outages to the town of Dexter. According to Xcel Energy, 351 homes were affected for a period of about six hours. Service was restored at 9:48 a.m.
Findings indicate that Ceniseros-Gurrola was not wearing his seatbelt and sustained severe head trauma. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator. The NMSP believe alcohol was a contributing factor in the accident.