Fatal crash blamed on drivers lack of attention

April 14, 2014 • Local News

A Carlsbad woman died Monday after the car she was driving was struck by a commercial truck. State police say driver inattention was a contributing factor in the crash.

Officers responded to the intersection of U.S. 285 and Derrick Road, between Carlsbad and Loving, at 8:06 a.m. One victim was reportedly unresponsive at the scene.

Initial reports showed [auth] that Carl Deisher, 47, of Artesia, tried to turn westbound onto Derrick Road off U.S. 285 while driving a 201 Kenworth truck. He tried to make a wide right turn.

Oralia Lara, 50, of Carlsbad, was driving southbound in the outside lane of the highway. When Deisher turned, his commercial vehicle crossed directly in front of Lara’s 2011 Honda passenger car.

Lara was not able to avoid crashing into the right side of the trailer. Lara was pronounced dead at the scene by personnel from the Office of the Medical Investigator.

The other passengers in Lara’s vehicle were Chasity Melendrez, 28, Daisy Melendrez, 17, Alejandro Melendrez, 8, and Daniel Medina,7. Daisy Melendrez was treated at Carlsbad Medical Center. The other three passengers were flown to University Medical Center in Lubbock.

Deisher was not injured in the crash.

State police identified driver inattention as the contributing factor in the crash, according to Commander Lance Bateman, District 3. Alcohol and seatbelts were not contributing factors. Enforcement action is pending.

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