Clovis boy killed in accident: mom charged

CNJ staff

Clovis boy is dead and his mother faces a charge of homicide by vehicle following a one-car rollover early Wednesday morning 20 miles east of Roswell.

Jose Alejandro Perez was killed when he was ejected from a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am driven by his mother, according to officials with the New Mexico State Police.

Irma Perez, 27, was westbound on U.S. Highway 70 when her vehicle traveled onto the shoulder of the roadway, a state police news release said. She overcorrected the steering wheel and the car overturned on its top, the release said.

The driver and passengers Angelica Najera, 20, and Roberto Ontiveros, 9, all of Clovis, were treated and released from Eastern New Mexico Medical Center with minor injuries, the release said.

“Contributing factors leading to the cause of this fatal crash include excessive speed, inattentive driving and the fact that the child was not properly restrained by a child restraint device,” the release from NMSP Capt. Larry H. Rogers said. “Alcohol and/or impaired driving appear to be a contributing factor at this time.”

The release said Irma Perez was charged with abuse of a child, resulting in death; and aggravated driving while under the influence of an intoxicating liquor and/or drugs, in addition to homicide by vehicle.

Rogers said Irma Perez was being held in Chaves County Detention Center in Roswell.

Efforts to contact Perez family members were not successful on Thursday. A telephone message left at a family member’s home was not returned by press time.