A head-on collision in Lea County killed two Lovington residents on Friday.
Officers from the New Mexico State Police responded to the scene of a two vehicle crash on New Mexico State Road 18, near milepost 66, at about 5:18 p.m.
According to a state police report, the investigation [auth] determined that a 1999 Ford minivan, driven by Francisco Ramirez-Carrasco, 25, from Lovington, was traveling north on State Road 18. A 2004 Toyota passenger vehicle, driven by Kathleen Almaguer, 66, also of Lovington, was traveling southbound. As both vehicles approached each other, the Ford minivan drove across the paved center median and entered the southbound traffic lanes, resulting in a head-on type collision.
Almaguer was pronounced dead at the scene by an investigator from the Office of the Medical Investigator. Ramirez-Carrasco succumbed to his injuries as he was in route to University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas, via helicopter.
The contributing factor of this crash has been determined as driver inattention.
Alcohol was not a contributing factor, according to the report.
This year, the New Mexico State Police has investigated 10 accidents where 11 people have lost their lives.