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NMSU Hoopster Arrested in Fatal Crash

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ALAMOGORDO (AP) — A New Mexico State basketball player has been arrested in connection with a car accident that killed an Alamogordo man.

Authorities say 19-year-old Emery D. Coleman II was taken into custody Wednesday on suspicion of one count of third-degree felony homicide by vehicle.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports Coleman was released on his own recognizance on a $5,000 unsecured bond pending a Jan. 30 court hearing.

The newspaper says Coleman declined comment on his arrest. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.

Alamogordo Department of Public Safety detective Dusty L. Collins says investigators determined Coleman was using his cellphone to send a text message at the time of the Jan. 5 accident.

Authorities say the driver of the other car — 85-year-old Clarence G. Boulanger — died at a hospital.

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