ROOSEVELT COUNTY, N.M. — An 82-year-old woman was killed in a pedestrian crash outside of Portales on Thursday around noon, according to the New Mexico State Police.

Virginia Poe was checking her mail when her 88-year-old neighbor, driving a pickup truck with an empty flatbed trailer, stopped to talk to her.

After their conversation, the neighbor made a U-turn on her property and struck her as he was entering the roadway.

Poe was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

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On August 18, at around noon, the New Mexico State Police responded to the 1400 block of Roosevelt Road 5, just outside Portales, for a female who had been hit by a flatbed trailer. 

The initial investigation indicated that Virginia Poe, 82, was checking her mailbox just off the road at her residence. Her 88-year-old neighbor, driving a 2001 GMC pickup and pulling an empty flatbed trailer, stopped along the roadway to talk to her. 

After the conversation, the man drove onto Mrs. Poe’s property to make a U-turn.  As he was entering the roadway the trailer struck Mrs. Poe, who was still standing near her mailbox. 

Emergency Medical Services were called, and Mrs. Poe was transported to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced deceased by the Office of the Medical Investigator. 

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in this crash which was investigated by the New Mexico State Police.