Elderly woman killed in Clovis intersection crash, street racing suspected

Parnall Law News Team

CURRY COUNTY, NM — Authorities believe street racing may have led to a two-vehicle wreck Christmas afternoon in Clovis that claimed the life of an 83-year-old woman, reports KOB4.

The fatal collision took place at the intersection of West 21st Street and Mitchell Street, near Greene Acres Park and Greene Lake. Clovis Police and first responders were dispatched to the scene at about 2:19 p.m.

According to a preliminary investigation, the victim, identified as Billie Brazell, was driving westbound on 21st Street when she began turning onto Mitchell Street. Moments later, a 24-year-old who appeared to have been racing a truck crashed his vehicle into her car.

Despite life-saving measures administered by rescue crews, Brazell succumbed to her injuries at the scene, confirmed officials.

Crews also worked to extricate the 24-year-old man from his vehicle. At this time, no information regarding the severity of his condition has been released.

The truck that was reportedly involved in the street race fled the scene before authorities arrived and has yet to be located.

As Clovis Police continue to investigate, anyone who may have relevant information about the crash is urged to call 575-769-1921. Anonymous tips can also be submitted via the tip411 program, or by contacting Curry County Crime Stoppers at 575-763-7000.


Man faces multiple charges after series of crashes, violent incident in Santa Fe

SANTA FE, NM — A man was arrested following an alleged rampage that involved crashing his car into several vehicles Saturday evening in southwest Santa Fe, reports KOB4.

Authorities say Irving Valverde’s car struck about seven vehicles as he sped on Cerrillo Road. Moments after he ran a red light at St. Michaels Drive, he became involved in separate, unspecified crash.

No major injuries were reported following the series of crashes, but Santa Fe Police arrived on the scene to find crash debris strewn across Cerrillos Road.

Valverde, who fled the scene on foot and reportedly returned home at about 8:30 p.m., when he assaulted a member of his household.

Officers were called to the residence, where they found Valverde wielding a kitchen knife. Officials said Valverde ignored the officers’ repeated requests for him to drop the knife, but he refused and through both a rock and then the knife at them. The SFPD said a Taser, as well as a “less than lethal bean bag shotgun” was administered on him “multiple times.”

Valverde, was apprehended after hopping a fence into a nearby residence, was booked into Santa Fe County Adult Detention Center. He faces as many as seven different charges.


At least 1 left hurt after crash on I-25 NB near Spruce Park

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Albuquerque Police responded to an injury wreck Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 25 in Albuquerque’s Spruce Park area, reports APD Traffic.

The accident impacted the northbound side of I-25 approaching Exit 225 to Lomas Boulevard Northeast, in an area just east of Lovelace Medical Center. Officers arrived on the scene at about 3:06 p.m.

As of this writing, officials have not provided details indicating the cause of the crash or the types of vehicles involved.

It was not immediately clear how many people were injured or how badly.


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