By Dave Gragg
Alvin Romero was a man who shook hands with everybody.
That one sentence, repeated again and again by those who knew him, summed up the life of the man who died Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle accident between Tucumcari and Las Vegas.
A 23-year-old Fort Sumner woman, Angela C. Reuther, also died in the head-on collision.
According to the New Mexico State Police, Romero’s 1999 Ford pickup was northbound on Highway 104 when it drifted into the southbound lane and hit Reuther’s 2002 Dodge pickup.
Romero’s truck landed on its passenger side, while Reuther’s was knocked backward.
Both people died at the scene.
NMSP Lt. Nathan Wallace said there weren’t much in the way of skid marks, nor were there indications of why Romero drove into the opposite lane. There was a slight curve in the road just south of the accident, Wallace said.
Romero was known throughout the state as a roper, according to Kyle Segura with “Super Looper” magazine in Albuquerque.
“Alvin was the type of guy that talked to everybody,” said Larry Webb, Romero’s brother-in-law and roping partner. “He always shook your hand or tipped his hat.”
“It’s hard to explain how many friends he had — everywhere we went, people knew him.”