Eddy County, NM – On May 2, 2019, at about 7:56 p.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal rollover crash on US 62/180, near milepost 51, northeast of Carlsbad, NM.

The initial investigation indicated a 2000 Ford, driven by Annette Sanchez (49) of Carlsbad, NM was traveling west on US 62/180. The Ford sustained a tire blowout and caused the vehicle to roll. The driver, Annette Sanchez sustained fatal injuries and she was pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of Medical Investigator. There were two other passengers in the Ford, a 21-year-old male from Carlsbad, NM and an unknown female passenger who fled the crash scene prior to an officer’s arrival. The 21-year-old male sustained unknown injuries and was transported by Air flight to a hospital in Lubbock, TX. It is unknown if the female passenger was injured in the crash.

Alcohol does not appear to be a contributing factor and seat belts appear to have not been properly used. No additional information is available.