FARMINGTON — An Upper Fruitland resident pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter on April 1.
Fanderick Chiquito, 22, was arrested in December after he allegedly caused a car crash that killed a woman on the Navajo Nation, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice. The press release stated Chiquito's blood alcohol content at the time of the crash was more than three times the legal level.
Chiquito allegedly caused a three-car collision near mile marker 25 on Navajo Route 36, according to the press release. Chiquito was trying to pass a line of vehicles when he struck a car head on in oncoming traffic. Both vehicles spun out of control, and one of the cars struck another vehicle.
The passenger in Chiquito's pick-up truck died of internal injuries after being transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center. Chiquito was treated for minor injuries.
When his blood test results came back, his blood alcohol content was .29, according to the press release.
Chiquito faces a maximum penalty of eight years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release.
His sentencing hearing hasn't been scheduled.