Local principal hospitalized after car crash

Hannah Grover
Hermosa Middle School Principal Mark Harris and his wife, Ashlie Harris, are pictured in this courtesy photo. Harris was badly injured in a car crash on June 29 in Colorado.

FARMINGTON — The principal of Hermosa Middle School is being monitored for brain injuries following a crash Wednesday morning near Marvel, Colo.

Mark Harris of Red Mesa, Colo., was involved in a two-vehicle crash while driving north of his home on the La Plata Highway — Colo. Highway 140 — in Colorado, according to Harris’ brother-in-law, Del Talley. Talley said the crash involved both Harris’ car and a pickup truck pulling a horse trailer.

The Southern Ute Police Department, which handled the investigation, declined to comment when reached Saturday afternoon.

A GoFundMe account has been created to cover the medical bills. The account was created Friday, and more than 130 people had donated a total of more than $12,000 by Saturday afternoon.

Harris was initially flown to the San Juan Regional Medical Center, where the hospital staff worked to control some of the bleeding and stabilize his blood pressure before he was flown to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, according to Talley. Talley said Harris has multiple broken bones in his right leg and a broken bone in his left arm. He also has a broken vertebrae and multiple head injuries.Talley said Harris' condition was listed as critical but stable.

Talley said the main concern right now is with the injuries to Harris’ head. Harris was in intensive care Saturday and was being monitored for brain injuries.

“All the rest of the broken bones are on hold for now until they get that situation under control,” Talley said.

In addition to working as the principal at Hermosa Middle School, Harris previously worked as the assistant principal at Farmington High School and as a teacher. He was hired as the principal of Hermosa Middle School in 2010.

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.