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State Police: Hobbs man dies in rollover crash in Lovington

January 22, 2018

LOVINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Hobbs man is dead after a rollover crash in Lovington and his passenger has been injured.

New Mexico State Police say the crash occurred early Saturday.

They say 44-year-old Juan Pinto apparently was driving at a high rate of speed and failed to negotiate the curve.

The truck left the roadway and rolled several times.

State Police say Pinto wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle.

He was pronounced dead while being transported to a hospital.

State Police believed alcohol use was a contributing factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.

They say a female passenger who also wasn’t wearing a seatbelt was ejected from the vehicle and sustained injuries not believed to be life threatening.

Her name hasn’t been released yet.

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