SIERRA COUNTY, NM — A 62-year-old man died Sunday night after a suspected DUI crash in Elephant Butte that sent four others to the hospital, reports KFOX14.
First responders arrived at the scene near Warm Springs Boulevard and New Mexico State Road 181 shortly after 10:20 p.m.
A preliminary investigation found a 2019 Volkswagen was traveling westbound on Warm Springs Boulevard when it failed to stop or yield to oncoming traffic at the intersection. As the vehicle drove onto NM-181, it struck a 2013 Lexus carrying four people.
One occupant in the Lexus, a resident of Truth or Consequences, died from his injuries at the scene. Investigators said the victim appeared to have not been wearing his seat belt correctly prior to the crash.
The driver of the Lexus and three other occupants from the Volkswagen were all transported to an area hospital. No updates have been shared regarding the severity of their injuries. They were all believed to have been wearing seat belts.
Officials said alcohol appears to have factored into the wreck. At this time, an investigation remains in progress.
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