State Police say alcohol was factor in single-vehicle crash


FARMINGTON — A 6-year-old boy was killed and several people were injured in a single-car crash on County Road 7150 south of Bloomfield Saturday morning, State Police say.

The crash was reported at approximately 11:45 a.m. Saturday on the county road a half mile west of U.S. Highway 550. The initial investigation showed that a 2003 Jeep driven by 40-year-old Candace Jim of Farmington was traveling east on County Road 7150 when it crossed into the westbound lane, according to State Police. When the driver overcorrected, the vehicle rolled.

Three passengers in the back seat of the vehicle, all children, were ejected, State Police said. The 6-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the scene, and his twin — a 6-year-old girl – suffered life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to a trauma center. Police said the other child, a 9-year-old girl, was treated for injuries not believed to be life threatening.

Jim and a male passenger in the right front seat, 45-year-old Aaron Yazzie of Bloomfield, were treated for serious injuries, according to State Police.

The New Mexico State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit assisted in the investigation, and alcohol was determined to be a factor in the crash, the agency said.

Jim faces several charges in the crash, including abuse of a child resulting in death, two counts of abuse of a child resulting in great bodily harm, DWI (fourth offense), reckless driving, two counts of failure to use child restraint and open container.

Yazzie also faces several charges, including abuse of a child resulting death, two counts of abuse of a child resulting in great bodily harm and failure to use seat belt.

State Police did not release the names of the child victims. The crash remained under investigation Saturday.

Note: The correct age of suspect Aaron Yazzie is 45. The New Mexico State Police press release of Feb. 24 stated a different age. The Daily Times makes every effort to publish fair and accurate information. If you find an error, please call the editor at 505-564-4624.

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