Senior meals vehicle overturns

CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Bystanders watch as a passenger from a crashed Senior Meals vehicle is moved to an ambulance. The city vehicle crashed as it was turning onto Wilhite Road around noon Monday.

CNJ staff

Two people delivering meals to shut-ins were transported to Plains Regional Medical Center on Monday after their vehicle was involved in a crash on Wilhite Road.

Christopher Montoya, 36, the driver, and his passenger, 21-year-old Anthony Lucero, were pulled from their overturned vehicle by emergency responders.

“They’re OK, (but) they got banged up pretty bad,” said Vicki Miller, who oversees the Curry Senior Meals Association and the Older Adults Division.

Miller said they had been treated at the hospital and were expected to be released.

The senior meals vehicle had stopped at a residence on the north side of Wilhite, just west of the Norris Street intersection.

After delivering meals, the vehicle was re-entering Wilhite when it was struck on the driver’s side by a Dodge Ram pickup driven by a 17-year-old female, Undersheriff Wesley Waller said.

Miller said the Ford Ranger Montoya was driving was a new vehicle acquired recently by CSMA and cost around $30,000.
The division of older adults, she said, will be loaning CSMA a van until they can replace the truck.

Montoya was cited for failure to yield and the juvenile driving the pickup was cited for driving too fast for traffic conditions, Waller said.