Clovis High junior dies in crash

New Mexico State Police Lt. Gary Ross, left, and Curry County Deputy Larry Garrison investigate the scene of a fatal vehicle crash Thursday at the intersection of Wilhite Road and County Road G. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth)

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer

A Clovis High School junior was killed Thursday in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Wilhite Road and County Road G.

Cory Holcomb, 16, was pronounced dead at the scene, New Mexico State Police Officer Jeffrey Telles said.

Traveling east in a 1993 Nissan, Holcomb failed to stop at a stop sign on Wilhite Road, police said. His vehicle was hit broadside at about 3:30 p.m. by a pickup truck heading south on Curry Road G, according to a release from the New Mexico State police Department.

Holcomb’s vehicle left the road and ran into a nearby fence, Telles said.

The driver of the pickup truck, Jose Campos, 33, and his wife and passenger, Rosa Campos, 36, of Muleshoe, were treated for minor injuries at Plains Regional Medical Center and released, Telles said.

No charges will be issued against Campos, said Telles.

Paul Clark, 14, lives on Wilhite Road near the scene of the accident. He said he heard a big bang, then checked the condition of the driver of the Nissan.

“I asked if he was OK and I saw that he wasn’t breathing,” Clark said.

Clark said he called police.

The driver of the pickup assisted the passenger out of the truck, and the female passenger was limping, Clark said.

Campos is a contracted worker for a local dairy, Telles said.

Clark watched the accident’s aftermath with his step-grandfather, Stanley Brooks, owner of the home across the street from the crash site.

“This makes me feel nauseated, especially to find out one guy’s dead. It doesn’t matter who he is, it makes me feel worse,” Brooks said.