The name of a man killed in a head-on collision south of Belen last week has been released by New Mexico State Police.
Shortly after 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20, New Mexico State Police officers responded to a two-vehicle, head-on collision on N.M. 116 near Mill Road.
The initial investigation indicates a 2007 Dodge passenger vehicle was traveling south on N.M. 116 when, for reasons still under investigation, it crossed the center line and collided head-on with a 1998 Toyota passenger vehicle traveling north on N.M. 116, according to a recent press release from NMSP.
The driver of the Toyota, Robert Abeyta Sr., 80, of Albuquerque, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator.
The driver of the Dodge, a 62-year-old man from Veguita, was uninjured. There were two adult passengers in the Toyota with him, who were transported to an area hospital for injuries not believed to be life threatening.
Alcohol is not suspected in this crash and seatbelts were used. This case is still under investigation by the New Mexico State Police with no additional information currently available.
Julia M. Dendinger began working at the VCNB in 2006. She covers Valencia County government, Belen Consolidated Schools and the village of Bosque Farms. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists Rio Grande chapter’s board of directors.