Crash claims two lives, injures others

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer

Two people died and two others were seriously injured Sunday morning in a two-vehicle accident near the Curry/Roosevelt county line, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office.

Jason Daly, 21, of Clovis died at the scene when the pickup truck in which he was traveling collided with a tractor-trailer about 2 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. 70 and County Road 4, officials said. Kateri Trujillo, 19, of Clovis, was flown to a hospital in Lubbock and died about 6 a.m. Sunday.

Kolby Liles, 22, of Clovis and Candy Hood, 19, of Portales were also in the pickup. They were transported to Plains Regional Medical Center where Hood remained in serious condition on Monday night, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Liles was transported to a Lubbock hospital and was also in serious condition, officials said.

Denis Sowers and his wife Patricia Sowers of Ohio were in the tractor-trailer rig. Neither was seriously injured, Curry County Deputy Glenn Russ said.

The deputy said Denis Sowers was driving the truck. The pickup’s driver was not immediately known.

The pickup truck is registered to Liles.

Russ said the pickup failed to stop at the intersection.

Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher said the passengers in the pickup were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the collision.

Daly, Trujillo and Hood were ejected from the vehicle, officials said.

Jim Daly referred to his son as a “good young man,” but declined additional comment. Information provided by Dunn Funeral Home in Tucumcari via family members reported Jason Daly was a graduate of Clovis High who enjoyed hunting and motocross.

Hatcher said Daly worked for Liles’ construction company.

A Tucumcari native, Trujillo graduated from Logan High. Family members said she was active with the Logan EMS. She attended Clovis Community College and was employed by Joe’s Boot Shop.

Hatcher said Hood and Liles also attended Logan High.

Hatcher said the investigation is continuing.