Two killed in auto accident

Freedom New Mexico

Two Portales residents died in a roll-over this weekend.

Rochelle A. Pettigrew, 33, and Charles J. Paiz, 39, both of Portales, died in a single-vehicle crash on South Roosevelt Road 2 near Roosevelt Road X, according to a news release from the State Police.

Glascock said the owner of the property where the truck landed discovered the wreck about 11 a.m. Sunday. However, a man police interviewed said he saw the wrecked truck about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, not realizing it was an accident because of the surroundings, Glascock said.

According to the release, the 2007 Ford F-150 driven by Paiz was westbound on South Roosevelt Road 2 at a high rate of speed when Paiz lost control. The pickup skidded into a ditch, catapulted into several rolls and came to rest in a field, according to the release.

Both people were ejected, which Glascock said indicates they weren’t wearing seatbelts. They were pronounced dead at the scene by the Office of the Medical Examiner.