Girl killed in rollover near Melrose

Girl killed in rollover near Melrose

There are 13 comments on the Eyewitness News 4 - New Mexico story from May 30, 2009, titled Girl killed in rollover near Melrose. In it, Eyewitness News 4 - New Mexico reports that:

An 11-year-old Clovis girl has been killed and four other people injured in a single-vehicle rollover about 15 miles north of Melrose.

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Flower Mound, TX

#1 May 30, 2009
Parents, parents, buckle up it's the LAW!
God Bless You

Albuquerque, NM

#2 May 30, 2009
I see little kids in cars all the time with no seat belts on or car seats in cars. I have 4 children and it is a pain to have to buy 4 car seats and then enforce that they are being used. People need to stop being so lazy.

“NM Desert Rat”

Since: Mar 08

Elephant Butte, N.M.

#3 May 30, 2009
A very sad and preventable situation. Seat belts do save lives if worn. My sincere condolences to the family.

Edgewood, NM

#4 May 30, 2009
My sincerest condolences to the family of this little girl. If only her parent had taken the time to ensure the children wore safety belts. There is no way to guarantee that the outcome would have been different if they had been wearing seatbelts, but the use of those belts might have given the little girl a chance at survival.

There are so many things that can harm our kids. Shouldn't we take every precaution we can to keep them safe?

Again, my condolences.
last word

Albuquerque, NM

#5 May 30, 2009
the driver should be charged with manslaughter, and child neglect resulting in the death and injury of minor children.

Since: Aug 08

Tuscumbia, AL

#6 May 30, 2009
This is so sad, my condolences to the family and I wish the injured a speedy recovery.

Rule in any vehicle I'm in.... this car does NOT move until everyone is buckled in.

Huntsville, AL

#7 May 30, 2009
Have to agree 100% with last word.Perhaps felony charges might wake people up to the unnecessary deaths of children when a seabelt can prevent these tragedies.

Albuquerque, NM

#8 May 30, 2009
sadly, i agree with last word, too.

rule in my car is to buckle up. everyone.

if someone is not buckled, i stop the car until they do. i don't care how much whining i hear - THE CAR DOES NOT MOVE UNTIL ALL ARE BUCKLED.

and this story is exactly why.

one of my best friend's 14 year old was killed two years ago in colorado - ejected because no seat belt.


Albuquerque, NM

#9 May 30, 2009
also, we were among the first on the scene of the accident south of los lunas last month when that 2 year old girl was killed. ejected.

my daughter gave her balnket that her grandma made her to cover the baby, lying in the mud, in the median, in the rain, with her head gashed open.

do parents think this is a joke???
yulisa tarango

Clovis, NM

#10 May 31, 2009
sonya was my freind and feel so sorry for her familys loss and i want to atend her funeral and hope god will now take her under his wing

Mesa, AZ

#11 May 31, 2009
I'm so sorry for your loss!!
"Unfortunately after we make sure everyone is buckled, some get uncomfortable,especially during long trips & seatbelts get unbuckled,with out driver knowing! I know, my teenage son tends to do that, throughout the trip, I'll ask him,"And your still buckled right?!!
My Condolences.

United States

#12 May 13, 2012
Um Excuse Me! I just seen these comments, yes I know it's been 3 years, but considering the fact that I was in that accident, I know exactly what happened... They all had their seat belts on, each and every one of us. I seen the whole thing. right before the accident a song was playing on the radio, my sister and my two brothers were singing along to that song. I was was watching them from the front seat. People just assume they know what happened no one listens to me! Another thing the van rolled four times not three! I was the one who found my brothers in the conditions they were in... I didn't blackout my mom did.
Dene Helwig

Buffalo, NY

#13 May 14, 2012
I was a member of the Melrose FD for 15yrs and I seen this a lot. This situation tears your heart out when we went to acccident and involved children with NO SEAT BELTS!!!!

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