Release Date: April 21, 2013
Incident Type: Fatal Traffic Accident - Norris Street and Mabry Drive
Contact Person: Steve Sanders, Chief of Police, (575) 763-9416
Clovis – April 21, 2013 – On Saturday, April 20, 2013, at approximately 11:30 PM, the Clovis Police Department responded to the intersection of Norris Street and Mabry Drive on a report of a semi tractor trailer versus an automobile collision.
Upon arriving on the scene, officers located a silver in color 2003 Ford Mustang south of the intersection. The vehicle sheared a rail road crossing arm and mount, along with a speed limit sign before coming to rest in the 400 block of south Norris.
Independent witnesses to the collision stated the silver Mustang was travelling at a high rate of speed, south on Norris Street crossing at the intersection of Mabry Drive. The semi-tractor trailer was travelling west on Mabry Drive. Witnesses indicated the East/West traffic had the right of way with a green traffic control light. Therefore, the preliminary cause of the collision is a failure to stop for the steady red-light for the driver of the Mustang.
The driver of the silver Mustang was ejected from the vehicle. As a result, the male driver did not survive the injuries he sustained and was pronounced dead on the scene by fire\rescue personnel. There were no other passengers in the Mustang vehicle.
The deceased is identified as Enrique Tomas Zuniga. A dairy farm worker from California. Mr. Zuniga's family has been notified of the accident.
The driver of the semi-tractor trailer was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center. Although uninjured, the semi driver submitted to a routine blood draw because of the nature of the crash.
The use of alcohol and drugs are suspected to be a contributing cause to the collision as unopened cans of beer and paraphernalia used in the consumption of controlled substances were found in the silver Mustang.
The crash investigation is being conducted by the Clovis Police Department's Major Crash Team and the investigation is continuing.
There is no other information available at this time.