Police identify victim in vehicular homicide

Joshua Kellogg
Lynell Kieyoomia

FARMINGTON – Farmington Police Department officials have identified the victim in a vehicular homicide case on Tuesday.

Shaquel Billie, 21, was identified as the victim in an incident allegedly involving his wife, 27-year-old Lynell Kieyoomi of Kirtland, according to a press release from Farmington police.

Kieyoomi is facing multiple charges, including homicide by vehicle, aggravated drunken driving, two counts of child abuse, duty to render aid and leaving the scene of an accident.

It initially was reported by law enforcement officials Wednesday that Kieyoomi allegedly struck Billie with the vehicle she was driving in south Farmington on Tuesday night, according to the press release. She then allegedly left the scene before returning later.

But police spokeswoman Georgette Allen said members of the Farmington police traffic unit conducted an investigation into Billie’s death and did not find evidence to support the contention that Billie was struck by the car driven by Kieyoomi.

Officers were dispatched to the intersection of Orchard Avenue and Piñon Street at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday after it was reported Billie was lying in the middle of Piñon Street and not breathing.

Kieyoomi was driving a vehicle occupied by Billie and two young children that was traveling west on Piñon Street when the husband and wife had an argument, according to the press release. Billie then opened the passenger door and exited the vehicle while it was moving, police said. Officers found Billie dead when they arrived at the scene.

Allen said police are awaiting the results of an autopsy performed by the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator to determine Billie’s cause of death.

Kieyoomi is still facing the vehicular homicide charge, Allen said.

Dustin O'Brien, San Juan County Chief Deputy District Attorney, said he has not reviewed Keyoomi’s case and could not comment directly on her case.

When asked what it takes for a suspect to be charged with a vehicular homicide, O’Brien said a connection has to be established between the death of an individual and the intoxicated driving of a suspect. Officers said they smelled alcohol on Kieyoomi’s breath when she arrived back at the scene.

Farmington police will turn over all their findings related to the case to the District Attorney’s Office for review, the press release states.

Kieyoomi was being held at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $34,400 bond, Allen said.

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.