Police identify two passengers injured in fatal crash
FARMINGTON – A law enforcement agency has identified two of the people injured in Sunday's fatal crash on U.S. Highway 64 in Kirtland.
Shannon Jim, 34, and Shynayah Jim, 12, of Tsaile, Arizona, were two of the passengers in a Buick SUV which rear-ended a commercial motor vehicle around 1:45 a.m. on Sunday, according to New Mexico State Police spokesman Carl Christiansen.
The crash occurred at the intersection of County Road 6500 and U.S. Highway 64 in Kirtland when the commercial motor vehicle was slowing down as it approached a red light, according to a press release.
The driver of the vehicle, Dannon Jim, 34, and Shynoah Jim, 11, who sat in a rear passenger seat, were killed in the crash and pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators believe alcohol was a factor in the crash, according to the press release. All of the Buick SUV's occupants were wearing seatbelts.
The two survivors suffered critical injuries and were initially transported from the scene to San Juan Regional Medical Center but were later flown to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.
Shannon Jim was sitting in the front passenger seat and Shynayah Jim was in the rear driver-side seat at the time of the crash, according to Christiansen. UNM Hospital was unable to provide information about the medical conditions of those injured during the crash.
The two occupants of the commercial motor vehicle were not injured during the incident.
State police are continuing to investigate the crash.