Working together to reduce traffic crashes in the new year

A message from our Traffic Division

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We would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and share what we’ll be working on in 2018. The overall goal of our division is to make Farmington’s roadways safer for everyone, and this takes a partnership between FPD and the public. Our community has done an incredible job in this partnership by reporting suspected drunk and aggressive drivers and informing us of problem areas. KUDOS COMMUNITY! Keep up the good work.

Speeding:

The Slow Down Farmington Campaign launched late last year and took off across the community. It’s great to see the large number of signs displayed in yards and at businesses reminding others to take their time, not a life. Anyone who’d like a sign may pick one up at the police department or city hall. Our division will continue conducting focused traffic enforcements as we identify high-crash and other problem areas through data and citizen reports.

DWIs:

FPD will continue working diligently to reduce drunk driving in our community through saturation patrols, checkpoints and responding to citizen call-ins. Please remember, an individual driving drunk IS an emergency; report it by calling 911.

Something Fun:

Watch for Traffic Trivia where citizens can win prizes here on Facebook. We’ll be launching it soon in an upcoming Traffic Tuesday post.

 

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PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police respond to fatal traffic crash involving pedestrian, driver charged with first degree murder

Farmington, NM –  Yesterday Farmington police responded to a traffic crash involving a pedestrian. Officers were dispatched to West Apache near Gooding Drive around 8:25 p.m. Through investigation they learned 20-year-old Anthony Wagon hit 29-year-old Jeremy Beard of Farmington with his vehicle. The incident transpired following an argument at Beard’s residence between him, Wagon and another male. Beard left his residence in the El Rey Trailer Court on foot and headed westbound on Apache. Wagon drove his pickup truck from the residence and located Beard. Wagon drove over the curb and struck Beard with his vehicle in the area of 2310 W. Apache St. and then drove away. Beard succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

The FPD Gang Unit responded to assist and located Wagon at his residence off Highway 371. He was transported to the station for questioning and subsequently arrested and charged with first degree murder. He is being held at the San Juan County Detention Center on a cash $500,000 bond.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police respond to fatal traffic crash involving a pedestrian

Farmington, NM – At approximately 6:01 this morning, Farmington police responded to a traffic crash involving a pedestrian. The crash occurred on Bisti Highway near Ojo Court. Officers investigating the crash learned that a Ford Ranger driven by a 53-year-old man from Kirtland was driving south on Bisti Highway when he struck a male pedestrian crossing the road. Medics arrived and attempted life-saving measures, but the man died at the scene. Police are working to identify the pedestrian as he did not have identification on him. The crash is still under investigation, but officers do not believe speed or impairment were contributing factors.

 

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police lift vehicle off DWI suspect pinned underneath

Farmington, NM – Farmington police officers lifted a vehicle off a woman after she rolled her SVU on Pinon Hills Boulevard. On January 2 at approximately 11:59 p.m. officers were dispatched to the area of Pinon Hills and English Road in reference to an accident involving injuries. The reporting party advised that the vehicle had possibly veered off the roadway. Officers arrived on scene and discovered an SUV in the embankment on the north side of Pinon Hills. The vehicle had rolled and was laying on its driver’s side. Officers immediately requested medics. Upon approaching the vehicle, officers found a female, later identified as 33-year-old Nellie Morales of Farmington, pinned underneath the SUV. Additional officers arrived on scene and lifted the vehicle off Morales. Medics transported her to San Juan Regional Medical Center where she was admitted due to her injuries. Morales was discharged from the hospital later this month.

Investigation of the incident revealed that Morales was the driver of the vehicle and was under the influence when she crashed. A warrant was issued for her arrest on charges of aggravated DWI, suspended driver’s license and other related traffic charges.

Her bond has been set for $3,329. The warrant remains outstanding at this time.

PRESS RELEASE: Fatal traffic crash on Pinon Hills Boulevard

Farmington, NM – At approximately 2:23 a.m. Farmington police were dispatched to a single-vehicle traffic crash on Pinon Hills Boulevard. Officers on scene learned that a blue 2010 Hyundai passenger car was traveling eastbound on Pinon Hills. The vehicle was just east of College Boulevard when the driver lost control and crossed the median. The vehicle went off the road on the north side and rolled several times before coming to a stop. The driver of the vehicle, 26-year-old Calvin Begay, sustained fatal injuries. The other two occupants, Patrick Smith and Gabriel Lovato both 22 years of age, were transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center. Both were reported to be in stable condition. Police believe that alcohol and speed were contributing factors to the crash.