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Artesia, NM - Texas Woman Killed in Crash with Semi on US Hwy 285

February 27, 2020
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Artesia, NM (February 27, 2020) - A Texas woman was killed after her vehicle collided with a semi-truck near Artesia, New Mexico on Tuesday, February 25th. Authorities arrived at the scene of the accident at around 6 a.m. that morning on US Highway 285 near Atoka Road. According to officials at the scene, Kaylin Sunshine Hester, 24, of Midland, Texas was traveling north on the highway when her 1999 Chevrolet Suburban struck the trailer of a 2005 Freightliner commercial motor vehicle. 

According to initial reports, the semi had made a left turn onto US Highway 285 from Atoka Road at the time of the accident. Hester was pronounced dead at the scene by responding officials. The identities of the 27-year-old driver and 31-year-old passenger of the semi weren’t disclosed. 

No other injuries were reported. The New Mexico State Police is conducting an investigation into the accident. 

We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Kaylin Sunshine Hester at this time.

Left-Turn Accidents in New Mexico 

Artesia, NM - Texas Woman Killed in Crash with Semi on US Hwy 285Due to the fact that the paths of multiple vehicles combine at an intersection, they are extremely dangerous places. Each year, nearly 20 percent of fatal crashes occur at an intersection. 61 percent of intersection crashes involve drivers making left turns, which puts them directly in the paths of oncoming vehicles. 

With nearly 2.5 million intersection crashes each year, they are one of the most common types of accidents in the United States. Crashes such as these can leave victims with life-long injuries and other damages. In some cases, a qualified New Mexico car crash attorney can help injured parties pursue lost compensation. 

At Will Ferguson & Associates, we have the resources to ensure that your legal rights are protected. Our team of attorneys will fight for your case and make sure all possible avenues for compensation are exhausted. Contact us today at (505) 243-5566 to see how we can help. 

Note: This post was created specifically utilizing secondary sources. It is to be used independently by Will Ferguson & Associates. Our team has not autonomously verified the information used by these news sources and, if any information seems to be inaccurate, please reach out and let us know so we can immediately make corrections as they become necessary.

Disclaimer: At Will Ferguson & Associates, it is our goal to honor the victims of the nightmarish accidents that often take place in New Mexico. We would also like to familiarize the public with ways they can avoid a similar fate and what they can do, should the unthinkable happen. The information contained within this article is not to be viewed as any type of medical or legal advice. The photographs depicted in these posts are not representative of the actual accident scene.


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