State police are investigating a fatal one-vehicle crash that occurred west of Santa Rosa on Interstate 40 Tuesday evening.
According to a state Department of Public Safety release, Mark A. Hodge of Tucumcari was eastbound on I-40 when he drove from the travel lane through the left passing lane and hit the highway median. The report states Hodge then overcorrected to the right, causing the 2000 Hyundai sedan he was driving to slide and roll over two times before stopping on the south side of I-40. According to the report, injuries sustained by Hodge while the vehicle was rolling caused his death.
The report states that neither seat belts nor alcohol is listed as a contributing factor to the crash.
Lt. Eric F. Garcia, public information officer for the state DPS, said the cause of the crash has not been officially determined.
"Once we get the toxicology (report) back from the office of the medical investigator we will do a supplemental report. Otherwise right now it looks like the cause of the crash would be classified as careless driving. It has not been officially listed as of yet, and we probably wouldn't give an official cause of crash until we get some kind of toxicology back," Garcia said.
Garcia said toxicology reports can take anywhere from two weeks to four months or longer to process.