Teen dies in two-vehicle wreck

CNJ staff

Kody R. Downing, 18, of Clovis died Friday in a crash near Melrose, according to a spokesman for the family.

New Mexico State Police said it appeared Downing’s SUV crossed the centerline striking a westbound semi hauling cattle head-on about 5:30 p.m. some three miles east of Melrose.

Downing was returning to Clovis from a day of working cattle in House, according to a spokesman for Chavez Funeral Home in Fort Sumner.

He attended O’Conner High School in San Antonio, Texas, and completed his senior year at Texico High School graduating in 2011.

While in school he participated in 4H, FFA, ag mechanics, welding, and raised pigs. He also participated in track his senior year.

Downing was attending Clovis Community College and also worked for Clovis Livestock and RAC Transport.