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Gallup, NM (June 13, 2023) — On Saturday, the New Mexico State Police responded to an accident that occurred on Interstate 40 and Six Mile Canyon Road, east of Gallup, NM. The incident involved a single vehicle, a 2003 Chevy pickup truck, and occurred around 10:15 AM.

According to the initial investigation, the Chevy truck was traveling eastbound on Interstate 40 near mile marker 39. For reasons that are still being investigated, the vehicle veered into the median and subsequently rolled over onto Six Mile Canyon Road. 

One of the passengers, Cesar Alfaro, a 50-year-old resident of Mcloud, OK, was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator. The driver of the truck and another passenger were transported to a nearby hospital, while one passenger was flown to an area hospital. Currently, the conditions of these individuals are unknown.

Alcohol does not seem to have played a role in the crash. However, the New Mexico State Police are actively investigating the incident to gather more information and determine the exact cause.

Source: New Mexico State Police

Our Hearts Go out to the Victims of this Tragic Car Crash in McKinley County

At Tawney, Acosta & Chaparro P.C., we extend our heartfelt condolences to the victims involved in the tragic crash on Interstate 40 and Six Mile Canyon Road, as well as to the family of the deceased passenger. Our thoughts are with the individuals who were injured, and we hope for their swift and complete recovery. We hope that the investigators are able to determine the exact cause of the crash, providing answers and closure to all those affected by this devastating incident. If they find that negligence played a role in the crash, the responsible party should be held accountable for their actions.

Understanding Damages in a Wrongful Death Claim

Following the loss of a loved one, it can be challenging to navigate the available options as a surviving family member. While it is true that no amount of money can replace the love and support of a departed family member, many opt to pursue a wrongful death claim against the responsible party. 

This type of claim allows family members to seek compensation for their own losses, which generally fall into two categories: economic and non-economic. Economic losses encompass financial damages such as the loss of future financial support, inheritance, and funeral expenses, while non-economic losses refer to the immeasurable damages, including mental anguish and suffering endured by the family. Given the personal nature of these losses, it is crucial for families to consult with an attorney who has experience with wrongful death claims.

The Attorneys at Tawney, Acosta & Chaparro P.C. Are Here for You

If you are a loved one of the person killed in this car crash in McKinley County or a similar incident, don’t try to pursue a claim alone. Our New Mexico wrongful death attorneys know the long-term damage that losing a loved one inflicts on a family. That’s why we use our extensive trial experience to fight for families. Our results and reviews speak to our commitment to our clients. To schedule a free consultation, please give us a call at 575-222-1000.

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Alejandro Acosta

Mr. Acosta is a lifelong resident of El Paso. He graduated from Cathedral High School in 2000 and graduated from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio in 2004. Mr. Acosta went on to attend Sandra Day O’ Connor College of Law (Arizona State Law School). He graduated in 2008, receiving his J.D. and his Indian Legal Certificate for his work in Indian Law and dealings with various tribal nations throughout Arizona. Alejandro has been licensed to practice law in Texas since 2008 and has been licensed in the State of New Mexico since 2011.

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