Farmington police ID man killed in rollover

Police also arrest man on suspicion of drunken driving in connection to separate, unrelated crash on Saturday night

The Daily Times staff
A vehicle lies overturned adjacent to East Broadway Avenue just west of Cortland Drive in Farmington on Saturday. One man was killed in the crash.

FARMINGTON — Farmington police have released the name of the man killed in a car crash Saturday night in Farmington.

Police have also arrested one man on suspicion of drunken driving in connection to a separate, unrelated crash that same evening.

Everett Griffith was killed in the single-vehicle rollover crash on Saturday, according to Farmington Police Department spokeswoman Georgette Allen. The 63-year-old man was traveling west on Broadway Avenue at the time of the crash, which was reported at 6:15 p.m.

The cause of the wreck is still under investigation, Allen said.

Two vehicles sit in Willett Ditch just off East Broadway Avenue near the south side of the Animas River in Farmington on Saturday. One man has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in connection to the wreck.

Police also arrested 38-year-old Jose Curiel in connection to another, unrelated incident.

That incident was reported to police at 6:31 p.m. Saturday on East Broadway Avenue near McCormick School Road. Authorities discovered Curiel's Ford F-150 pick-up truck and a silver car partially submerged in Willett Ditch. A third vehicle — a red car — was also involved in the wreck, but remained on the road. All three vehicles were traveling west on Broadway Avenue at the time of the incident.

Curiel and the male driver of the silver car, whose name has not been released, were transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center and treated for minor injuries.

Allen said on Sunday that she did not know the condition of the driver in the silver car or whether he had been released from the hospital.

Curiel has been charged with drunken driving, reckless driving and driving without a license. Allen said his blood was drawn at the hospital and will be tested for its blood-alcohol content.

The cause of the second crash also remains under investigation, Allen said.