By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer
A week away from her 23rd birthday, Jennifer Olivares was excited about her approaching marriage and hoping to have another child — this one a girl.
Olivares and her oldest son, Alejandro “A.J” Lomas Jr., 4, were killed about 8:30 p.m. (CDT) Monday just outside of Muleshoe when the vehicle they were riding in was struck by a tractor-trailer going eastbound on U.S. 84, according to police.
A mother of two, Olivares had driven from Clovis to the dairy where her fiancé worked about six miles east of Muleshoe to take him lunch, according to Olivares’ sister, Lorina Gonzales. She said A.J. went along because he always wanted to go everywhere with Olivares.
“He was a momma’s boy — he loved his momma,” Gonzales said.
Olivares and A.J. died at the scene of the accident, according to Carlson Trusler, dispatcher for the Texas State Highway Patrol.
Olivares failed to yield the right-of-way to eastbound traffic on U.S. 84, Trusler said. Her 1998 Lincoln was struck on the driver’s side by a 2006 Peterbilt tractor-trailer driven by Joe W. Milby of Greenberg, Ky. Milby was not injured.
Trusler said based on the initial report, no citations had been issued.
Her sister and nephew were in a good mood Monday, Gonzales said. They had spoken the hour before the accident about plans to barbecue later in the week. Olivares was to turn 23 on Monday, Gonzales said.
She said A.J. attended preschool at First Presbyterian Preschool in Clovis. He loved his mother, his little brother, school, trains, big rigs and cars, she said.
Close friend Joann Anchondo said Olivares had a contagious personality.
“She was just a fun person to be around — she always had something crazy to say,” Anchondo said. “She always knew how to cheer you up.”
Gonzales said she and her only sibling were close and spoke every day. Olivares was living with their parents, caring for her two young children, she said. Olivares’ 1-year-old son was at home with his grandparents when the accident occurred, Gonzales said.
Gonzales said her sister was excited, planning her marriage and caring for her children. She had dreams of having another child and was hoping for a girl. She and her fiancé were planning a trip to Mexico in October so he could introduce her to his family, she said.