1 dead, officer injured in crash near US 285 crime scene

Posted at: 10/22/2013 10:55 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com

A woman is dead and a police officer critically injured in a crash near the US 285 crime scene on Monday.

US 285 was closed between Roswell and Artesia all day due to a fatal shooting investigation involving New Mexico State Police on Monday morning.

Roswell police said an officer was directing traffic just south of the crime scene when a truck came barreling through and struck the officer and three other vehicles.

A female driver in one of the vehicles, 39-year-old Rosemary Becerra of Lake Arthur, N.M., died from her injuries.

The officer was airlifted in critical condition to a Texas hospital.

Police said the truck driver wasn't paying attention, but have not said whether the driver will be charged.