Police ID motorist killed in U.S. 550 crash

Steve Garrison
New Mexico State Police investigate a fatal accident on Wednesday near mile marker 128 on U.S. Highway 550, about 11 miles south of the Hilltop Giant gas station.

FARMINGTON — New Mexico State Police identified the motorist killed in Tuesday's fatal crash on U.S. Highway 550 south of Bloomfield as 25-year-old Steven Marrow of Boise, Idaho.

Marrow was headed south at 11:39 a.m. on the icy, snow-packed highway when he lost control of his vehicle near the 128 mile marker, about 11 miles south of the Hilltop Giant gas station, according to a press release. Morrow's brass-colored vehicle crossed the median and struck a northbound tractor-trailer, the release states.

Morrow was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in his vehicle, Christina Ball, 27, also from Boise was injured in the crash and transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center, according to the press release.

Ball is in critical condition, the release states.

Monty Hatfield, 32, of Durango, Colo., was identified as the driver of the tractor-trailer. He was transported to the Farmington hospital, where he was treated and released.

State police said Wednesday there was no further information for public release and the crash remains under investigation.

Two vehicle rollovers were reported Tuesday morning in the same 40-mile corridor on U.S. Highway 550 where the fatal crash occurred. Those crashes caused intermittent traffic delays throughout the day.

No injuries were reported from the other crashes.

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