PORTALES, N.M. — New Mexico State Police say an elderly woman in Roosevelt County has died after she was hit by a vehicle driven by an elderly neighbor.
Authorities say the incident happened Thursday around noon as 82-year-old Virginia Poe was checking her mail at her home outside Portales.
Her 88-year-old neighbor was driving a GMC pickup truck with an empty flatbed trailer attached. Police say he stopped along the road to chat with Poe.
After they finished, the neighbor drove onto Poe’s property to make a U-turn.
Investigators say the trailer hit Poe, who was still standing just off the road by her mailbox, as he entered the roadway.
Paramedics transported the woman to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
State Police say alcohol does not appear to be a factor. The investigation remains ongoing.