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New Mexico man dies after Jeep goes off cliff

New Mexico man dies after Jeep goes off cliff. (Courtesy: MGN)

New Mexico State Police say a man died Sunday morning when the 1998 Jeep he was driving went over a cliff and dropped into a “deep canyon,” near High Rolls, New Mexico.

Edward Pitkus III, 25, of Tularosa, New Mexico was pronounced dead at the scene after police say, he and his passenger “failed to navigate a bend in the road” and dropped into a canyon on Westside Road.

Both Pitkus and his passenger, Charles Baca, 23, also of Tularosa, were ejected from the Jeep, but Baca was able to exit the canyon by foot where he found a random campsite and was able to contact emergency services, police said.

Baca was transported to Gerald Champion Hospital in Alamogordo, but had to be transferred to University Medical Center in El Paso, police said.

Police said they believe the men were not wearing seat belts and alcohol may have been a factor, but the crash remains under investigation.

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