New Mexicans who drive are expected to operate their vehicles cautiously on the state's roads and highways at all times. Where drivers are not careful, accidents often result, and these can severely alter the course of someone's life if not end it.
This is apparently what happened just a few days before Christmas in an early Saturday morning fatal accident on New Mexico State Highway 599 and Santa Fe County Road 70 just northwest of downtown Santa Fe. According to the New Mexico State Police, a 55-year-old woman was attempting to cross NMSH 599 in her sedan when she was struck and killed by a van driven by a 51-year old Santa Fe man. State police say the driver of the van was unable to avoid the collision.
The victim was rushed to a Santa Fe hospital and then airlifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries. The van driver was also transported to the same Santa Fe hospital, where he underwent medical treatment. The extent of his injuries is not known. New Mexico State Police are continuing to investigate the details of the fatal car crash.
Even if someone is not killed in a car accident, the consequences can be life changing to everyone involved. Injuries alone can require long recovery periods and sometimes rehabilitation. If an accident was the result of negligence by another driver, the injured party or surviving family members of anyone killed can seek compensation for personal injury or wrongful death, respectively. The compensation will not heal any injuries or fill the void left by a loved one's sudden death, but it can help survivors cover some of the economic losses that often follow a serious or fatal accident, including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Source: SantaFeNewMexican.com, "Santa Fe woman killed in N.M. 599 crash," Chris Quintana, Dec. 24, 2014