Woman, 76, was killed when vehicle drove through yard


FARMINGTON — A woman was struck and killed by a passenger car this morning after the driver left the roadway and crashed into a local business.

Officers for the Farmington Police Department were dispatched around 10:54 a.m. to the area near the intersection of West Apache Street and North Schwartz Avenue just west of Apache Elementary School.

A black Chevy Malibu was being driven east on West Apache Street when it veered off the road, proceeded through a yard in front of a residence in the 700 block of West Apache Street and struck the woman, according to Farmington Police Department spokesperson Georgette Allen.

The vehicle continued east and was driven through a stucco wall lining the parking lot of two businesses, then hit the building at 701 W. Apache St.

The 76-year-old woman struck by the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Allen.

The 23-year-old male driver of the car was interviewed by Farmington Police Department detectives following the incident and was still being detained tis afternoon, Allen said.

Farmington police have not released the name of the woman or the male driver.

A command center was established on West Apache Street near the scene as part of the investigation.

Traffic was shut down on West Apache Street between Airport Drive and North Schwartz Avenue following the incident and remained closed at 4:15 p.m.

Investigators were trying to reconstruct the path of the vehicle at the scene.

Police were not sure if alcohol was a contributing factor in the incident, Allen said.  

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at jkellogg@daily-times.com.

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