Artesia man charged in death of woman killed in car crash

An Artesia man was charged with homicide this week stemming from the investigation into what caused a collision on U.S. 82 killing a woman and seriously injuring her husband.

George Robert Cosper is charged with homicide by motor vehicle and great bodily harm by motor vehicle.

Law enforcement alleged that on May 5, near U.S. 82 and Sandweed Road, Cosper was driving his truck recklessly when he struck the rear end of of another vehicle.

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Inside that vehicle were Ryan and Melissa Craddock. Ryan Craddock sustained severe injuries and was air lifted to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Melissa Craddock, according to a news release from law enforcement, was ejected from the vehicle and died of injuries she received in the crash.

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Eddy County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Matthew Hutchinson said Cosper was arrested Nov. 30.

Cosper was released on his own recognizance Dec. 1 and is scheduled to appear before Just Jimmy Foster in the Artesia Magistrate Court Jan. 3 for a preliminary examination, according to court documents.

This article originally appeared on Las Cruces Sun-News: Artesia man charged in death of woman killed in car crash