Two accidents claim lives over holiday

Freedom New Mexico

Wintery Christmas day weather is being blamed for two separate but deadly crashes that have claimed the lives of three children and a young mother.

Mya Gonzales, 4, of Tucumcari died of injuries suffered in a late night Christmas day rollover crash about 16 miles north of the city, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller.

Crystal Houston, 22, and her daughters, Maliyah Perrio, 4, and Khyla Houston, 10 months, all of Clovis, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash about 10:17 a.m. Sunday on N.M. 206 about seven miles north of Lovington.

State police said Houston was southbound in a 2008 Dodge passenger vehicle that skidded on ice and was struck broadside by a northbound 2006 Honda SUV driven by Scotty Holloman, 52, of Hobbs.

“She was driving southbound toward Hobbs and she hit a little patch of ice. It caused her vehicle to fishtail and she just lost control,” said state police Sgt. Pedro Estrada. “It was just a tragic crash.”

Holloman and passengers in his vehicle were treated for minor injuries at Nor-Lea Hospital in Lovington.

Estrada said New Mexico State Police and the Lea County Sheriff’s Department worked a dozen traffic accidents over the holiday weekend and icy roads contributed to all of the accidents. He said Sunday’s accident on State Road 206 was the only fatality.

Waller said Mya Gonzales was a passenger in a 2001 Chevy Blazer that skidded on an icy patch of N.M. 209 about 11:15 p.m., left the highway and rolled over.

Waller said a Department of Transportation plow truck driver and sheriff’s deputies performed life support aid on Mya at the scene, but she died later at Plains Regional Medical Center.

Waller said Mya’s mother, Chrystal Gonzales, 33, was driving. Other passengers included Gonzales’ husband and Mya’s father, Robert Gonzales, 35, and a daughter, Deja Ellis, 10.

Chrystal Gonzales and Deja Ellis were both treated for minor injuries, Waller said.

The family is from Tucumcari and were in Clovis visiting family and friends for Christmas.

The crash remains under investigation.