Woman dies in rollover crash on I-40

A one-vehicle rollover crash on Interstate-40 late Tuesday night left one woman dead. Full Story
Rocket Scientist

Albuquerque, NM

#85 May 22, 2008
ABQ Skeptic wrote:
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A quote from the article you didn't read.'Deputies say Vigil was not wearing her seatbelt.'
Unfortunately, ignorant people (including SOME deputies) always ASSUME that seat belts were not worn in cases of ejection. THIS IS NOT TRUE! I have worked many cases as an expert witness where people were ejected while wearing their seat belts. This is OFTEN the case with violent roll overs!(As this was!) It is called an "up and over" and is a classic case. Sadly, this uninformed deputy spoke too soon.

NO one knows the truth at this time. The wreckage was so severe due to the impact with the semi.(Given the location of the body, I would initially asume that she WAS wearing a seat belt!) I hope that the wreckage is throughly evaluated before they make any more comments!

As to "why" she had a roll over... There are numerous possiblitities; an animal crossed the road, mechanical failure, evasive action to avoid someone in her lane traveling in the wrong direction, etc. She was an excellent, experienced driver. To assume something negative is ignorant and insensitive. She was on her way home after working at the jail. She was in high spirits and looking forward to joining her family after work. It was an extremely unfortunate accident...Period! She was a great person...Period! She was deeply loved by family and friends...Period. RIP Fran
NYKID

Meridian, ID

#87 May 23, 2008
Earl wrote:
I will really miss her! She was a great piece of side action for me. A truely one of a kind special woman. God, I'm getting an itch I wish she could scratch! My condolences to the family.
Wish I knew you, so I could lend a hand staightening you out. You know what I mean?
JDS

Santa Fe, NM

#88 May 23, 2008
I knew Francine and all I can say is this a horrible thing that happened to a great person. She helped me and my family out tremendously and we will never forget her. We met under not the best of circumstances but Francine never judged me but really supported me. I am so sad to know she will not be around to help others as she did me. Francine may you rest in peace and may God be with your family!
ex- Correctional Officer

Rio Rancho, NM

#89 May 23, 2008
I feel for Francine I used to work with her a few years ago and I am sad for her family because, There at MDC she probably worked many many hours per week I use to work between 64-72 hours a week I think she was probably so tired and just could not do it anymore wanting to get home to see her spouse and rest for that next 16 hour shift that she knew she had to do it is so sad I blame the jail for her accident.I have heard of many people that would fall asleep while driving due to being exhausted it is so sad and the jail should do something about this so it doesn't happen again to someone else and their family..may you rest in peace francine you will be greatly missed?
GAC

United States

#90 May 23, 2008
Mourning wrote:
<quoted text> Please let us refrain from calling names. Thank you
You mean like calling people useless trash like you just did. Hypocrite.
your neighbor

Rio Rancho, NM

#91 May 23, 2008
this could happen to anyone anywhere,and anyplace,can't we all get along that is why this country is going down hill! because some people don't have a heart.everyone be safe and may god watch over you?

Since: May 08

United States

#92 May 23, 2008
ex- Correctional Officer wrote:
I feel for Francine I used to work with her a few years ago and I am sad for her family because, There at MDC she probably worked many many hours per week I use to work between 64-72 hours a week I think she was probably so tired and just could not do it anymore wanting to get home to see her spouse and rest for that next 16 hour shift that she knew she had to do it is so sad I blame the jail for her accident.I have heard of many people that would fall asleep while driving due to being exhausted it is so sad and the jail should do something about this so it doesn't happen again to someone else and their family..may you rest in peace francine you will be greatly missed?
It's true that the Corrections Officers there t MDC do work tremendous amount of overtime hours. Its a very difficult Job. to balance honesty, integrity, and strength with fairness and non-judgement. I believe that Sgt Francine Vigil did just that. It's easy to blame others for tragic accidents. Family, Friends, employers, Etc. It's easy to lash out at others. Let's not be quick to judge without all the facts. We dont have acces to the investigation report. We dont have all the answers to what happened and why. What matters is this: Sgt Vigil was on her way home, She was traveling along the frontage road, something happened to cause her vehicle to overturn and roll. Those are the facts. The other facts are that she was loved by many: Her family, Her friends and co-workers at MDC and many other friends in Law Enforcement and the inmates as well, i'm sure. If you have ever felt the pain of losing a loved one that you loved and cared for deeply, you can have an idea of what the family and friends are going through and will continue as time goes on. Her memory will remain alive long sfter vicious comments, judgements and opinions. Holiday will never be the same. Birthdays, anniversaries, special words from her and that special spirit that Sgt Vigil had... Officer Vigil will be missed but I'm sure that what she left for MDC was a legacy to attain and to follow. My heart and prayers go to her family, her friends and to all the MDC officers that she worked with. God Bless you all for all that you do in keeping us safe, keeping the inmates safe because you all do what I know I couldnt and wouldn't do. the MDC officers are braver than I could ever be.. and i'm sure that Francine was just as brave if not braver. God Bless you Sgt Vigil and thank you for all that you did. And God Bless her family and all her friends at the jail.
Be Patient

Santa Fe, NM

#93 May 23, 2008
TEGO wrote:
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It's true that the Corrections Officers there t MDC do work tremendous amount of overtime hours. Its a very difficult Job. to balance honesty, integrity, and strength with fairness and non-judgement. I believe that Sgt Francine Vigil did just that. It's easy to blame others for tragic accidents. Family, Friends, employers, Etc. It's easy to lash out at others. Let's not be quick to judge without all the facts. We dont have acces to the investigation report. We dont have all the answers to what happened and why. What matters is this: Sgt Vigil was on her way home, She was traveling along the frontage road, something happened to cause her vehicle to overturn and roll. Those are the facts. The other facts are that she was loved by many: Her family, Her friends and co-workers at MDC and many other friends in Law Enforcement and the inmates as well, i'm sure. If you have ever felt the pain of losing a loved one that you loved and cared for deeply, you can have an idea of what the family and friends are going through and will continue as time goes on. Her memory will remain alive long sfter vicious comments, judgements and opinions. Holiday will never be the same. Birthdays, anniversaries, special words from her and that special spirit that Sgt Vigil had... Officer Vigil will be missed but I'm sure that what she left for MDC was a legacy to attain and to follow. My heart and prayers go to her family, her friends and to all the MDC officers that she worked with. God Bless you all for all that you do in keeping us safe, keeping the inmates safe because you all do what I know I couldnt and wouldn't do. the MDC officers are braver than I could ever be.. and i'm sure that Francine was just as brave if not braver. God Bless you Sgt Vigil and thank you for all that you did. And God Bless her family and all her friends at the jail.
Tego, you said it all my friend and even if there was someone or something to blame, Francine would not want that burden on anyone and that is only one reason that makes her such a good person. I know that Francine is not done with her work and although she has departed us, she is there for us. May God bless her and her family.
lady

Albuquerque, NM

#94 May 25, 2008
May she rest in piece and the questions be answered to this accident?
Jeff Thomas

Bernalillo, NM

#95 May 25, 2008
Hey Rick, don't you fret, buddy. Let's go to the Top Deck, and i'll set you up with some loose women i've met there. Time heals, and these chicks will heal your mind and body of the past very quickly. Worked for me!
SJA

Albuquerque, NM

#96 May 26, 2008
This was a tragic accident. There is a good man that has lost the love of his life. The next time that the special person does something nice (or ordinary- like says good morning) more. He is a good man, pray for him. Details of the accident arenít important. His wife is gone. There is no reason to bicker over that.
friend

Rio Rancho, NM

#97 May 27, 2008
I am still lost for words I can't believe that she is gone it can hit you so close to home? let her soul rest in piece we love you fran and we will see you one day and your services were beautiful? as always your friend?
CanWeTalk

Albuquerque, NM

#98 May 27, 2008
gac wrote:
She died from her own stupidity. Why should anyone feel sorry for her?
Rolling her car when there was no other vehicle around. Glad her idiotic driving didn't kill someone that mattered.
You stupid MFer! Are you really as stupid as you sound or is that your way of wanting to act like a Mr. Tough Guy? You dumb shiiiiiiiit! I can't believe the likes of you that post, you can't come up with anything halfway intelligent. To the other readers and the family and friends of Fran: My apologies for that burst of anger and bad language. Also, I want to send my deepest condolences to all who knew and loved her.
SJA

Albuquerque, NM

#99 May 27, 2008
(this is what it was supposed to say-- sorry!)
This was a tragic accident. There is a good man that has lost the love of his life. The next time that the special person in your life does something nice (or ordinary- like says good morning)remember he will not have that anymore. He is a good man, pray for him. Details of the accident arenít important. His wife is gone. There is no reason to bicker over that.
THEYCALLMEAUNTIE

United States

#100 Jun 6, 2008
gac wrote:
She died from her own stupidity. Why should anyone feel sorry for her?
Rolling her car when there was no other vehicle around. Glad her idiotic driving didn't kill someone that mattered.
YOU DIDN'T EVEN KNOW HER TO EVEN SAY ANYTHING REMOTELY BAD ABOUT HER! THIS WOMEN WAS A WONDERFUL PERSON!YEA SO MOST OF US DIDN'T MEET HER IN GOOD SITUATIONS BUT WE ARE NOT ALL CRIMINALS, AND SHE KNEW THAT. WE MESSED UP AND SHE DIDNT TELL US WHAT WE DID WRONG SHE JUST HELPED US NOT DO IT AGAIN! I AM CRUSHED TO HEAR THAT FRANCINE HAS GONE IN SUCH A HORRIBLE WAY! SHE JUST DID HER JOB! SHE IS BEING STERIO TYPED BECAUSE SHE WORKED FOR THE JAIL. SHE NEEDED TO MAKE A LIVING TOO. U NEED TO JUST GO GET A JOB AND LET THE REST OF US MOURN A LOST FRIEND! R.I.P FRANCINE!! THANK YOU FOR BEING SUCH A WONDERFUL PERSON IN MINE AND MY CHILDRENS LIFE! AND TO HER CO WORKERS, YOU GUYS ARE DOING A GREAT JOB! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!

Since: May 08

Slab City

#101 Jun 8, 2008
Manny, that is the dumbest thing iv'e heard a guy say in a long time. I'm a contractor, you can usually spot me, im the guy in the truck, drinking coffee, talking on two phones at times. My truck is my office, didn't use to be that way though, and the way fuel is going me and the backhoe are gonna be sitting still for a spell. Sorry Manny, didn't mean to jump on ya, but I couldn't resist when you sounded like my dad.
GOOD GRIEF

AOL

#102 Jun 9, 2008
Manny wrote:
Well I don't want to been blut on this topic .
but Women drive like a bat out of Hell these days . Talking on cell phones , speeding / driving like there no tomorrow . As I say Women and Cars , Cell-Phones DON"T MIX!. As you see daily basic there are more women that cause these .
Oink Oink!!!!!!
Dani

AOL

#103 Jun 13, 2008
So sad. Yes you can be ejected even wearing your seatbelt but how may accidents do you ever hear of people being ejected for wearing there safety belts? not many seatbelts save peoples life.
Liz

Albuquerque, NM

#104 Feb 28, 2009
GOOD GRIEF wrote:
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Oink Oink!!!!!!
You are wrong in this case
Liz

Albuquerque, NM

#105 Feb 28, 2009
THEYCALLMEAUNTIE wrote:
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YOU DIDN'T EVEN KNOW HER TO EVEN SAY ANYTHING REMOTELY BAD ABOUT HER! THIS WOMEN WAS A WONDERFUL PERSON!YEA SO MOST OF US DIDN'T MEET HER IN GOOD SITUATIONS BUT WE ARE NOT ALL CRIMINALS, AND SHE KNEW THAT. WE MESSED UP AND SHE DIDNT TELL US WHAT WE DID WRONG SHE JUST HELPED US NOT DO IT AGAIN! I AM CRUSHED TO HEAR THAT FRANCINE HAS GONE IN SUCH A HORRIBLE WAY! SHE JUST DID HER JOB! SHE IS BEING STERIO TYPED BECAUSE SHE WORKED FOR THE JAIL. SHE NEEDED TO MAKE A LIVING TOO. U NEED TO JUST GO GET A JOB AND LET THE REST OF US MOURN A LOST FRIEND! R.I.P FRANCINE!! THANK YOU FOR BEING SUCH A WONDERFUL PERSON IN MINE AND MY CHILDRENS LIFE! AND TO HER CO WORKERS, YOU GUYS ARE DOING A GREAT JOB! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!
What kind of person sits back and says such a cruel thing about a person like Francine. She was my best friend and I was with her the night that she died. We love our job in corrections and have for many, many years. She was a good driver and I honestly believe that they should have done a more thorough investigation of the vehicle she was driving.

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