Three people are dead after two separate crashes on the South Plains. One rollover was just outside of Muleshoe and the other right here in Lubbock. Authorities believe alcohol is to blame in both. In addition to being alcohol related deaths, authorities say not one of the victims was wearing a seat belt.
The first accident happened just before 3 a.m. here in Lubbock. It was in the 4700 block of the I-27 access road. A 33-year old Christine Perez of Lubbock was driving south on the access road when she veered off the road, down an embankment, flipped and hit a retaining wall. Perez was partially ejected from the car and was pronounced dead at the scene. Her three passengers were all wearing seatbelts and were released from the scene.
The second fatal accident happened about an hour later two miles east of Muleshoe on Highway 84. DPS says 23-year old Mark Anthony Rodriguez and 25-year old Gabriel Joel Deleon were intoxicated and not wearing seat belts. They were traveling west on Highway 84. Troopers believe the driver fell asleep and the vehicle veered into the east bound lane. The car rolled two times and the two men were ejected. Both men were from Muleshoe and died at the scene. Because the two men were found outside the car DPS is not sure who was driving.
And it's fatalities like these that authorities continue to urge anyone if you drink, find a designated driver. And they stress always wear your seatbelt, even if you are in the back seat.
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