- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

TATUM, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say an Oklahoma man fled the scene of a car crash in southeastern New Mexico that left one person dead and another injured.

New Mexico State Police say 31-year-old Juan Esparza Montelongo, of Woodward, Oklahoma, is facing multiple charges including homicide by vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident involving damage to a vehicle.

Investigators say Montelongo was driving on U.S. 380, west of Tatum, on Friday afternoon when he tried to pass another car.

They say Montelongo’s vehicle collided head-on with a car driven by 29-year-old Freddie Marquez.

State Police say Marquez was pronounced dead at a hospital. His passenger, 32-year-old Yantse Ramirez Dequesada, suffered minor injuries.

Montelongo allegedly left on foot but was found 90 minutes later.

Investigators believe alcohol was a factor.

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