Man killed and two injured in Fruitland crash

Steve Garrison

FARMINGTON — A Shiprock man was killed and two others were injured Wednesday in a two-car crash in Upper Fruitland, according to a Navajo Nation Police Department press release.

Navajo police officers from the Shiprock Police District were dispatched at 1:44 p.m. to the crash near mile marker 20 on Navajo Route 36, the release states. Cedric Bryant, 32, was found dead at the scene in a white Dodge Stratus sedan, according to the release.

Two occupants of a silver Ford Fusion sedan were transported by ambulance to San Juan Regional Medical Center. They are identified in the release as Shiprock residents Jasmine Fulton, 25, and Corrine Fulton, 52.

Police determined the white Dodge Stratus sedan was headed east on Navajo Route 36 when it veered into the opposite lane, according to the release. The silver Ford Fusion sedan attempted to avoid the oncoming vehicle by entering the eastbound lane, the release states.

They instead met in a head-on collision in the eastbound lane, according to the release.

A nearly empty half-pint bottle of vodka was found in Bryant's vehicle, according to the release. The crash is under investigation.

Navajo police noted in the release that it was extremely windy Wednesday and urged drivers to be mindful of weather conditions.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.