Alleged DWI driver ran stop sign, had headlights off before crash that injured Franklin athlete

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Sunland Park police have released new information on the rollover crash that seriously injured Franklin High School athlete James McClain Green on Saturday.

As KTSM previously reported, the two-vehicle crash happened just before 10 p.m. at the intersection of Leeds and Edinburgh in Santa Teresa, NM. 

According to a news release, a juvenile driver, Pablo Payan, was traveling south on Edinburgh with his headlights off when he reportedly ran a stop sign.

Payan allegedly drove through the intersection and crashed into another vehicle, causing his SUV to roll over. 

McClain Green was among five passengers in the SUV. It is unknown whether they were wearing their seat belts.

A total of four occupants, including McClain Green, were taken to the hospital, according to police.

Officials say some of the other passengers, who were not identified, fled the scene following the crash.

According to the release, Payan and the driver of the second vehicle, James Furman, were both arrested for DWI. 

A police spokesperson told KTSM that additional charges are possible.

Officials believe those involved in the crash may have been leaving a party at a home in the nearby Edgemont neighborhood. 

“We have already taken measures to stop underage drinking by incorporating the Social Host Ordinance to add to our tool box in addition to what our city and state laws currently have,” Chief Javier Guerra said.

The crash remains under investigation. 

As KTSM reported, McClain Green successfully underwent two operations on Sunday. 

According to a tweet from the Franklin High School football team, the wide receiver/running back is “doing much better today” and “is awake, aware of his surroundings, and can have limited interactions”.

Update on James. He is doing much better today. He is awake, aware of his surroundings, and can have limited interactions. The amount of love and support that has been shown has been amazing. Please keep James and his family in your thoughts and prayers. pic.twitter.com/pz9bxHRfvv— EP Franklin Football (@epfranklinfb) November 19, 2018

A GoFundMe page created to help McClain Green’s family with hospital expenses has raised more than $11,000 in one day. Click HERE to contribute.

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