Teen driver in fatal crash cited for careless driving

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico

A Portales teen was issued two moving violation citations Friday more than two months after police say he hit and killed 71-year-old Gloria Ann Inge as she cross the road.

Portales Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said Trevor Nuckols, 16, is being cited for careless driving and failure to yield the right of way to a pedestrian.

Berry said the citations are misdemeanors.

“Typically those are citations with fines attached to them,” Berry said. “The fines are up to the judge.”

He said police were waiting for autopsy results before deciding on possible charges.

Inge was struck by Nuckols pickup truck Oct. 30 while crossing Second and Abilene streets, according to police.

She died a day later at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock.

Berry said she died from being hit by the truck.

“That was the cause of death,” Berry said. “We thought all along that was it. The injuries were what we were trying to get from the autopsy … what part of the truck caused the injuries and what injuries were caused by hitting the ground.”

Nuckols declined comment when contacted Friday at home.