Waterflow man struck by vehicle and killed

The Daily Times staff

FARMINGTON — A 79-year-old Waterflow man was killed Friday night after he was struck by a vehicle in the middle of U.S. Highway 64, according to press release from the San Juan County Sheriff's Office.

San Juan County

Thomas Houser was declared dead at the scene by sheriff's deputies who were dispatched to the 45-mile marker of U.S Highway 64 at about 8:15 p.m., according to the press release.

The deputies were initially dispatched to the scene after receiving reports of a man dancing on the highway.

Shortly after deputies were dispatched, Houser was struck by a vehicle near DB's Auto Mart at 4551 U.S. Highway 64 between Farmington and Kirtland, according to San Juan County Sheriff's Office detective Lt. Kyle Lincoln.

Deputies began CPR on Houser when they arrived at the scene but he died shortly afterward, Lincoln said.

When family members reported Houser missing several hours later, the sheriff's office discovered he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and had wandered away from his home, according to Lincoln.

The press release states that Houser was in an unlit area of U.S. Highway 64 and was wearing dark clothing at the time. No charges will be filed against the driver of the vehicle.

Lincoln said neither the driver nor Houser exhibited any sign of alcohol or drug use.