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  • Fatal Cuervo, NM Auto Accident Kills Missouri Woman

    by Mark Caruso | 2019-07-01 | Car Accidents , Interstate Accident , Wrongful Death

  • New Mexico State Police report that a Cuervo, NM auto accident killed Mary Lee Kelley, 63, of St. Louis, Missouri. The crash occurred last week on I-40 just east of Cuervo, New Mexico.

    Details in Fatal Cuervo, NM Auto Accident Emerge

    According to news reports, St. Louis, Missouri resident Mary Lee Kelley, 63, passed away in the fatal I-40 Cuervo, NM auto accident last week.  New Mexico State Police say that Mary Lee Kelley was a passenger in a van that crashed at 6 AM on Wednesday, June 26, 2019.  Police report that the van was driven by a 30-year-old woman also from St. Louis.  The van struck an unoccupied SUV that was parked on Interstate 40’s highway shoulder.  The driver was treated at the scene and another 18-year-old passenger was airlifted to Albuquerque for treatment.  There were also six children in the van who were also transported to the hospital for injuries.  Ms. Mary Lee Kelley tragically passed away at the scene of the Cuervo, NM auto accident.

    Here at the Interstate auto accidents usually result in serious personal injuries or the wrongful death of an occupant.  This is because higher speeds generate greater momentum and impact force.  This is true even if one of the motor vehicles involved in the crash is at a standstill like the SUV that was in the highway shoulder.

    Initially, it must be said that passengers of any type of New Mexico auto accident very rarely have any fault for the crash.  This is known as comparative fault or comparative liability, meaning that the victim contributed to his or her injuries.  Someone that is comparatively at fault will have his or her recovery lowered by that amount.  For instance, someone 20% at fault will have his or her recover lowered by 20%.  

    But here, based on the facts reported by the New Mexico State Police, it is highly unlikely that Mary Lee Kelley had any comparative fault for this crash as a passenger in the van.  It is also highly unlikely that the six other children, who were also passengers and suffered personal injuries, were comparatively at fault.

    What does this mean to Ms. Kelley’s family?  That the estate may be entitled to recover full compensation for Ms. Kelley’s injuries and Mark Caruso by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can help.  You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.