A fatal traffic accident in the dawn hours involved three employees of Corrections Corporation of America, or CCA, in Estancia.

Melvin Sharp died of his injuries at the scene, according to Torrance County Sheriff Heath White, who said that information being released right now is limited because of an ongoing investigation.

White said the two men were running on Alan Ayers Road when at least one of them was struck by a truck driven by another employee of the prison. “We had two CCA employees that were running to stay in shape for the SORT team they have out there,” White said. “They were running on Alan Ayers. Another CCA employee that had just gotten off shift was leaving the facility.”

That vehicle struck one man with the mirror, White said.

No charges have been filed, and White said the name of the driver would not be released until that happens. “Through our investigation right to this moment there is no sign of foul play or intent of this action,” White said. “But once again our investigation is not completed yet.”

The incident happened at about 6:30 in the morning, “just right before daylight,” White said.

The sheriff’s investigation includes whether the driver was “making a phone call or texting” at the time he hit Sharp, along with how long a shift he had worked, how many hours he had worked that week, and how fast he was going.

All of that is routine for a fatal accident, White said.

Joshua Aragon was injured in the incident and was taken to the hospital for evaluation, but the sheriff said he has had no word on his condition since then.

A call to CCA for comment was not returned by the time The Independent went to press.

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