5/30 Local roundup

Accident victim transferred from PRMC
A local man died Saturday night in an automobile accident north of Clovis on Highway 209, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s office

Richard Cerda, 33, of Clovis, the driver of the vehicle involved in the one-vehicle accident, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at 10:30 p.m.

Samuel Galvan of Amarillo, the passenger, was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was later transferred to another facility, according to a PRMC spokesperson. PRMC declined to say where he had been transferred.

According to the investigating sheriff’s deputy, Galvan was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident and Cerda was not.

Portales man dies when vehicle flips
A Portales man died Saturday evening in an one-vehicle accident on Baseline Road, just east of State Road 467, according to a New Mexico State Police news release.

Manuel Torres Garrola, 26, of Portales was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at approximately 6:39 p.m. There were no other passengers in the vehicle, according to the release.

New Mexico State Police said Torres had been driving westbound on Baseline Road in a 1998 Dodge pickup when he lost control of the vehicle and went off the roadway, striking an embankment on the north side causing the vehicle to flip and land on its roof.

Torres had not been wearing a seatbelt and was partially ejected from the vehicle.

— Staff reports