2 women killed in crash with work truck in Farmington, seizure medication suspected

Parnall Law News Team

SAN JUAN COUNTY, NM — A 44-year-old man has been arrested for suspected DWI following a head-on crash Friday, February 2, in Farmington that claimed the lives of two women, reports The Journal.

The fatal collision unfolded on a stretch of Pinon Hills Boulevard at College Boulevard, at about 2:45 p.m.

A preliminary investigation indicates Ambert Teasyatwho, a local resident, was on prescription drugs for seizures while driving a work truck reportedly belonging to Hilcorp Energy Co., the company of which he is employed. Teasyatwho was heading eastbound on the road when he veered past the median and entered the westbound lanes, where the truck hit an oncoming red passenger car.

Two women in the car, 24-year-old Cheyenne Yazzie and 30-year-old Kimberly Lowe, both of Kirtland, were pronounced deceased at the scene.

Due to witness accounts of Teasyatwho’s condition following the crash, authorities initially thought he might have been intoxicated, but he is now being investigated for not complying with qualifications for obtaining a commercial driver’s license, as established by the Epilepsy Foundation, which requires that a person be “off anti-seizure medication” and be 10-years seizure-free.


Paramedics dispatched to semi vs pedestrian crash on I-40 near east Tijeras

BERNALILLO COUNTY, NM — A semi-truck was involved in a pedestrian crash Monday morning on Interstate 40 near east Tijeras, according to the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office.

The accident happened on the westbound lanes of I-40 at Exit 178 toward the Zuzax area. BCSO deputies and paramedics responded to the scene shortly before 7:09 a.m.

Officials have not disclosed the circumstances of the wreck, but the westbound interstate was shut down in the immediate aftermath. Motorists were warned of delays impacting the area and were forced to divert onto New Mexico State Road 333.

While authorities remained on the scene at 10:07 a.m., nearly three hours later, all travel lanes were reopened to traffic.

No significant injuries or hospital transports have been reported following the event.


APD responds to crash on Tramway Blvd in east Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — A section of southbound Tramway Boulevard was blocked early Monday in east Albuquerque following a collision, according to APD Traffic.

The accident happened at the intersection with Menaul Boulevard Northeast, in the city’s Kachina Hills area. Dispatchers were first alerted some time before 2:43 a.m.

Little information has been made available at this time, but all southbound lanes of Tramway Boulevard (New Mexico State Road 556) in the area were shut down in the immediate aftermath.

Local officials have not confirmed what caused the wreck, how many vehicles were involved, or whether anyone was injured.


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