Failed Stop Leads to Deadly Accident

Failed Stop Leads to Deadly Accident

POSTED: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 12:56pm

UPDATED: Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 3:06pm


A 2-year-old boy is the only survivor of a crash that killed both of his parents, and his newborn baby sister. 

The crash happened on Wednesday morning on Westside Dr. and Vinton Rd. in Anthony, New Mexico. 

According to Doña Ana County Sheriff's investigators, Andrew Valenzuela, 22, drove through a stop sign at the intersection, and crashed into a white pickup truck that was going east on Vinton Rd.

Valenzuela died at the scene. 

Valenzuela's pregnant girlfriend, Karla Diaz, 21, was a passenger in the car, along with the couple's 2-year-old son.

Diaz and the boy were taken to the hospital in El Paso with serious injuries.

Diaz delivered a baby girl immediately after arriving at the hospital.  Both Diaz and the newborn baby died a short time later.

The 2-year-old boy has severe head injuries and remains in critical condition. 

Deputies said no one in Valenzuela's vehicle was wearing a seat belt, and the boy's car seat was not properly secured.

The driver of the pickup was treated for minor cuts and has since been released from the hospital.  


One driver is dead, and four others recover at area hospitals after a failed stop at a stop sign caused a two-car collision in Anthony. 

Andrew Valenzuela, 22, died at the scene after the Honda Civic he was driving collided with a pickup truck on the intersection of Westside Drive and Vinton Road. Two of his passengers, a 21-year-old pregnant woman and a 2-year-old boy were transported with serious injuries. The woman gave birth to a baby girl shortly after arriving at the hospital, who is also fighting for her life.  

The driver of the pickup truck suffered head lacerations however his injuries were non-life-threatening. Investigators say he tried to veer left to avoid Valenzuela’s car, but was unable to avoid it. The car was sent spinning into a farm field northwest of the intersection. 

Deputies say it appears no one in the Honda was wearing a seat belt, and a child’s safety seat in the back of the vehicle wasn’t securely installed.

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