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7:50am — Child Killed in 2-Car Crash Near Carlsbad

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Four-year-old boy was not in safety seat when vehicles collided on U.S. 285 Tuesday afternoon.

A 4-year-old Carlsbad boy was pronounced dead at Carlsbad Medical Center Tuesday afternoon following a two-car crash at the intersection of U.S. 285 and Derrick Road just south of Carlsbad just after 4 p.m., the State Police said in a news release.

Conner Dunn was a passenger in a northbound 1973 Chevy Nova driven by 16-year-old Justin Walker of Carlsbad, when the car was T-boned by a southbound 1999 Dodge minivan driven by 34-year-old Ida Jones of Carlsbad as the Nova was making a left turn from U.S. 285 onto Derrick Road, the State Police said.

Jones and 13-year-old passenger Sue Sheppard were checked by emergency medical personnel at the scene and released, while another passenger in the minivan, 11-year-old Tomie Sheppard was taken to Carlsbad Medical Center for further evaluation, according to the release.

Walker and the 4-year-old also were taken to the hospital for injuries sustained in the crash, and the boy was pronounced dead by the emergency room physician, the State Police said.


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The boy was not using a child safety seat, but all others involved in the crash were wearing seatbelts, the release said.

The accident remains under investigation.