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I-40 crash claims the life of Thoreau mother, child

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CIBOLA COUNTY, N.M. – On Feb. 7, at approximately 11:53 am, the New Mexico State Police investigated a double fatal, two-vehicle crash on Interstate 40 eastbound near milepost 80, in Milan, N.M.

The initial investigation indicated a 2018 Dodge SUV, driven by Shannon Hosteen, 27, of Thoreau, N.M. was traveling east on Interstate 40. As the Dodge SUV approached traffic which was stopped due to another motor vehicle crash being investigated by Cibola County Sheriff’s Office. The Dodge SUV struck the rear end of a Commercial Motor Vehicle that was parked in the right lane on Interstate 40.

The driver of the Dodge, Shannon Hosteen and a child passenger both sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator.  One other infant passenger in the Dodge SUV sustained unknown injuries and was air lifted to the UNM Hospital in Albuquerque.

Alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the crash and seatbelts were not properly used. For the victim’s privacy the identity of the children will not be released by State Police. The name of the driver of the Commercial Motor vehicle will not be released due to no charges being filed. New Mexico State Police Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Officers assisted with the investigation.  No additional information is available.

 

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