FARMINGTON — Two Kirtland residents were killed and their baby daughter was injured in a head-on car crash Friday morning on U.S. Highway 64.
At about 6 a.m., a Tommy Fasthorse, a 40-year-old San Juan County man, was driving a white pickup truck east near County Road 6800 when he crossed the median and crashed into a westbound maroon SUV, said San Juan County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Kevin Burns.
Brianna Begay, 20, and Galvin Howe, 37, were in the SUV, and they both were killed. Both of them were pronounced dead at the scene, according to a sheriff's office news release.
Howe was driving the car, Burns said.
Begay and Howe's five-month-old child, Shiinayaw Howe, was also in the car and was injured, Burns said.
Shiinayaw was flown to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.
She was in critical but stable condition on Friday, and medical personnel were confident she would survive, said Beth Utley, a sheriff's office spokeswoman.
Fasthorse was taken to San Juan Regional Medical Center and treated for non life-threatening injuries, Burns said.
Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash, according to the sheriff's office.
Burns said crash reconstructionists are still investigating the scene. He said that police will also obtain and review the "crash data recorder" from each vehicle, which will determine the speeds the cars were traveling and provide more information about the wreck.
As of Friday evening, Fasthorse had not been charged with a crime or cite, Burns said.
Burns said that at the time of the wreck the roads were in good condition and ice or snow didn't appear to be factors, he said.
"It's possible a driver fell asleep," he said.
Begay and Howe were the 12th and 13th people to be killed in car crashes on San Juan County roads this year.Ryan Boetel covers crime for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @rboetel on Twitter.