Freedom New Mexico
A Clovis man is not expected to face citations for a fatal crash after a near two-week investigation by state police has determined driver inattention led an Oklahoma couple to crash into him on U.S. 70 near the Curry-Roosevelt County line.
State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said Friday unless new information is discovered, there will be no charges filed against 49-year-old Stephen Robertson.
Cassandra Horton, 67, and her husband Claude Horton, 84, died Aug. 22 when their Ford Sport Trac collided with a privately owned garbage truck driven by Robertson, officials have said.
Police have said Robertson was turning into a private driveway when it was struck from behind by the Horton’s vehicle.
An investigation revealed the Horton’s vehicle was traveling at 72 mph just seconds before the crash and that the brakes were not applied, according to state police Capt. Jimmy Glascock.
“All of this evidence is consistent that there was some degree of inattention with the pickup driver. They were obviously not able to take sufficient action to avoid the collision,” he said Friday night.
“We don’t know what the basis of their inattention was … but according to our investigation there was little or no reaction or evasive action prior to the crash.”
Glascock said a citation filed against Robertson for faulty tail lights or turn signals is also expected to be dismissed.
“We are at the point post crash where we are not able to prove that they were not working prior to the crash,” he said. “Not finding enough evidence that they were inoperable… I do not anticipate that we will be pursuing those charges.”
Police have said Cassandra Horton was driving at the time of the crash.
Both victims died at the scene.
Injured in the crash was Alisha Robertson, 35, a passenger in the garbage truck owned by Valley Waste Removal.
Glascock said she was transported to a Lubbock hospital where she was treated and released the following day.