Texas family of four killed in crash on U.S. Route 550

Steve Garrison
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — A family of four from Texas was killed Friday in a two-car crash about 20 miles south of Bloomfield, according to the New Mexico State Police.

The agency said in a press release that a preliminary investigation showed that Brian Lee, 24, of Bloomfield, was driving north near mile post 131 on U.S. Highway 550 when he crossed the center line and collided head on with a van carrying the family. The crash occurred about 9 p.m.

The Miller family — Michael, 47; his wife Leann, 48; and their children Zoey, 12, and Miles, 7 — were killed upon impact, the release states. The family was from Argyle, Texas.

Lee is believed to have been fatigued when he crossed the center line, the release states. He was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center and treated for injuries that were not life-threatening.

Lee was in good condition on Monday, hospital spokeswoman Kathryn Pettijohn said.

The crash remains under investigation, the release states.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Michael Miller was a partner at MM Search Group, an executive search firm based near Dallas, Texas.

Cory Dixon, son of Leann Miller and stepson of Michael Miller, told the Denton Record-Chronicle that the Millers were returning home from a vacation that included a trip to Yellowstone National Park. The 24-year-old said he spoke to his mother by phone shortly before the crash.

Argyle United Methodist Church, 9033 Fort Worth Drive, is accepting donations on behalf of the Miller family. A spokeswoman said that Michael Miller served as a trustee for the church.

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