Press release: 4-year-old killed after being struck by vehicle

On Sunday, September 19, 2010 at approximately 3:39 PM, the Clovis Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to the intersection of West 9th Street and Cameo Street in reference to a motor vehicle versus pedestrian crash with injuries. Upon arrival Officers found that a black in color 2008 Honda SUV driven by 46 year old Nadine Armijo of Clovis, New Mexico had struck a 4 year old pedestrian boy in the roadway, later identified as 4 year old Xavier Salcido of Clovis, as the child ran out in front of the northbound motor vehicle on Cameo Street from the eastside of the roadway, causing major injuries to Xavier Salcido. Clovis Fire Department Ambulance transported Xavier Salcido to Plains Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time later from the injuries he received in the crash. The driver, Nadine Armijo, was not injured in the crash. Xavier Salcido’s next of kin has been notified of his death.

Preliminary investigation at the scene by members of the Clovis Police Department Crash Team revealed that the black Honda SUV driven by Nadine Armijo was northbound on Cameo Street approaching West 9th Street when she observed several older children crossing Cameo Street from the eastside of the roadway to the west side of the roadway and then shortly thereafter saw a small child run out in front of her vehicle from the eastside of the roadway, at which time she attempted to avoid striking the child by steering to the left away from the child, but was unable to avoid striking the child. It was later learned that one of the other children that had earlier crossed the roadway was a sister of Xavier Salcido. One of the witnesses stated that they were unaware that Xavier Salcido was following them until after the crash had occurred. The driver stopped at the scene immediately and awaited emergency response.

There were no signs or evidence of impairment on the part of the driver at the scene and there was no evidence to indicate speed was a factor in the crash. There are no anticipated enforcement actions to be taken in reference this incident.