FARMINGTON — The FBI said Colette Begay, 23, was killed Thursday morning in a single-vehicle crash in Upper Fruitland.

Begay, of Fruitland, drove a 1995 Chevrolet Blazer down an embankment on Navajo Route 36 at 12:13 a.m., Frank Fisher, a spokesman for the FBI, said in an email. Begay was killed when she was ejected from the vehicle.

A female passenger in the vehicle was treated at a hospital and released, Fisher said.

The rollover crash happened about a mile west of the intersection near Northern Edge Navajo Casino, Shiprock police Lt. Phillip Joe previously said.

A sheriff's deputy who was on patrol near N.M. Highway 371 and N36 saw a dark sport-utility vehicle driving fast near the intersection at around midnight. The deputy attempted to locate the vehicle but never found it. That may have been the vehicle Begay was driving, police said.

Toxicology reports are pending, Fisher said.

Begay was the fifth person to die in a crash on San Juan County roads this year.

Her funeral was Monday. She is survived by her parents, Nola Mae Charles and Nathaniel Begay.

She had one daughter.


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