Hobbs boy, 14, undergoes surgery after crash



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HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A 14-year-old Hobbs boy who was the sole survivor in a deadly crash that killed four members of his family is out of surgery.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports (http://goo.gl/XL9O6y ) that Luis Torres underwent surgery after suffering a broken knee and a disconnected spinal cord. He is expected to heal.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says 30-year-old Ryan Painter of Corpus Christi died when his pickup crossed the center line shortly before midnight Saturday north of Vega and struck an oncoming Chevy van.

The van was carrying the boy's father, 43-year-old Louis David Torres Sr.; his mother, 43-year-old Dalila Torres; 20-year-old sister Rebecca; and 10-year-old sister Demaris.

The family was traveling from a former home in Colorado in a U-Haul to bring the remaining belongings to a new home in Hobbs.

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