FARMINGTON — Victoria Wiloth said her son, David Dixon, was ready to turn his life around before his death on June 18.
Dixon, 25, of Farmington, was charged last November in San Juan District Court with two counts of acquisition of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, a fourth-degree felony. Wiloth said her son was arrested attempting to purchase pseudoephedrine, a substance used in the production of crystal methamphetamine,
He entered into a plea agreement with the San Juan County District Attorney's office, according to court records, and was admitted into a 28-day treatment program at Four Winds Recovery Center in May.
"That place did him justice," Wiloth said. "He was ready to face the world sober."
He only had a short time to do so.
Dixon was killed last week after a vehicle he was a passenger in crashed into a billboard sign off of N.M. Highway 516 between Farmington and Aztec.
New Mexico State Police Sgt. Micah Doering is investigating the crash. He said the vehicle, which was heading toward Farmington, crossed the median into the eastbound lanes and went into the ditch. It hit a berm and went airborne, crossing a short fence before smashing into a billboard I-beam.
The driver of the vehicle was William Wiloth, Dixon's stepbrother and Victoria Wiloth's son.
William Wiloth was "banged, bruised and cut," Doering said, but he was released from San Juan Regional Medical Center the same day as the crash.
"He was wearing his seat belt," Doering said. "David was not."
Victoria Wiloth said her surviving son is recovering physically, but struggling psychologically.
Doering said the investigation is ongoing, but it appears the brother's vehicle was the only car involved in the crash.
Doering said police have not yet determined whether alcohol was a factor in the wreck. He said he also hasn't determined whether traffic or criminal charges will be filed, "but it's still an option."
Wiloth said her son "had a future" after treatment.
"Once he was done with (treatment), he could do anything," she said. "He never talked about the specifics, but he just knew he was going to do something great."
According to his obituary, Dixon loved spending time at the river with his family and working in his mother's garden.
He is survived by his son, Adam Wiloth; daughter, Faith Wiloth; mother, Victoria Wiloth; step-father, Shawn Morris; biological father, Brian Dixon; brothers, Talon Morris, Skyler Morris and William Wiloth; sisters, Timberly Wiloth, Samantha Morris and Jessica Wiloth; and grandparents, Mary and Elias Lopez, Sam and Sharon Morris and Melvin and Vail Michom.
A memorial service has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St., Farmington.