Alamogordo Police identify three airmen killed in crash
POSTED: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 6:29pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 3, 2014 - 9:43am
Alamogordo, NM (KTSM) — Update: The Alamogordo Police Department have identified the three Airmen assigned to Holloman AFB that were killed in a rollover crash in Alamogordo Tuesday morning.
APD say that Ryan Nicholas Loehr, 26, Deshon Maurice Wartley, 21, and Lamont Keith Cullars, 19 were all killed when the 2006 Honda Civic they were traveling in lost control and rolled several times in the desert area off of Airport Rd.
Police responded to the crash at approximately 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning in the 3500 block of Airport Rd. During inspection of the vehicle, police found two men deceased inside of the car, still wearing seatbelts.The third man was ejected from the car and was located in the desert area nearby.
According to their Facebook accounts, Wartley was a native of Lawton, Oklahoma and Loehr was a native of Colorado Springs, Colorado. A Facebook page for Cullars could not be located.
Alamogordo Police Department will continue to investigate the crash, and say they cannot rule out alcohol as a possible factor in the crash until toxicology reports are returned from the Office of the Medical Investigator.
Deshon Wartley, 21 (L) and Ryan Nicholas Loehr, 26 (R)
Earlier: Holloman Air Force Base has confirmed that three Airmen assigned to Holloman AFB were killed in a car crash on Airport Road in Alamogordo at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Holloman AFB says that the Alamogordo Police Department is handling the investigation of the crash, and they will release the names of the three 24-hours after their families have been notified.
“It is with deep sadness that we must announce the death of three Team Holloman members,” said Col. James Thompson, 49th Wing vice commander. “Please keep their families and all Holloman personnel in your thoughts and prayers as we mourn their tragic deaths.”
Holloman Airmen in need of support or assistance can contact a chaplain at 575-572-7211 or the Traumatic Stress Response Team at 575-572-5676 during normal duty hours. After hours, either agency can be reached 24/7 at 575-572-7575.
According to the Alamogordo Daily News, the vehicle the Airmen were traveling in crashed at a high rate of speed when the driver failed to negotiate a turn. All three occupants in the silver Honda were killed in the crash.