Pedestrian killed by vehicle near Kirtland

Steve Garrison
Auto Crash

FARMINGTON — A Shiprock woman was fatally struck by a vehicle shortly after midnight today after she fled into traffic on U.S. Highway 64.

The driver of the vehicle was arrested for driving on a suspended or revoked license, but he will not be held responsible in the woman's death, according to a press release from the San Juan County Sheriff's Office.

A sheriff's deputy was on patrol at 12:34 a.m. near mile marker 34 on U.S. Highway 64 when he spotted a truck stopped on the side of the road, the release states.

A woman, who appeared intoxicated and upset, was standing outside the vehicle, according to the release.

The deputy contacted the driver of the vehicle, who said the female had been arguing with and hitting other passengers in the truck, the release states. The deputy went to contact the woman, but she fled down the highway in the westbound traffic lane.

The deputy got into his patrol car and attempted to stop her, but she was struck by a vehicle on an unlit portion of the highway, according to the release.

Attempts to resuscitate the woman at the scene were ineffective.

The victim is identified in the press release as 26-year-old Ashlynn Keeswood.