CLOVIS, NM (KCBD) - A Clovis woman dies at University Medical Center after an accident with a police officer in Clovis, New Mexico.
The accident happened Wednesday just before 10 p.m. Officer Stephen Gallegos was on routine patrol, driving eastbound on Grand Avenue, approaching Sycamore Street when a Ford Ranger, driven by Edith Payton, 40 of Clovis, was traveling North on Sycamore.
The two vehicles collided and Payton and her passenger, Mary Castillo, 56 of Clovis, suffered major trauma. Both women had to be freed from the pickup truck. The officer and the two woman were taken to Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis for their injuries. Officer Gallegos was treated and released with minor injuries.
Payton and Castillo were then airlifted to University Medical Center and were both listed in critical condition. On Wednesday, November 17th, 2010, at approximately 9:40 PM, members of the Clovis Police Department were dispatched to the intersection of Grand Avenue and Sycamore Street on a report of an injury accident. One of the vehicles involved in the collision was a Clovis Police Department Patrol Vehicle.
Mary Castillo died at University Medical Center on Thursday. The wreck is being investigated by the Clovis Police Department Accident Investigation team.
Chief Sanders and his entire staff want to extend their deepest sympathy and prayers to the family of Ms. Castillo.
He also said "Ms. Payton and her family will be in our thoughts and our prayers as we wish her a full recovery from the injuries she sustained."