Fatal Crash in Rio Arriba County, NM

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Navajo Dam, NM – On June 18, 2023, at around 6:00 p.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash involving a single vehicle on NM 511 and NM 539.

 The initial investigation indicated that a 2003 Subaru, driven by Rachel Kahwajy (31) of Farmington, NM was traveling on NM 539, approaching a tight curve. For reasons still under investigation, Ms. Kahwajy failed to negotiate the curve, and ended up driving over a cliff. She sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator. Glenn Taketa (53) of Farmington, a passenger in the vehicle, was also pronounced deceased on scene.

 This crash is being investigated by the New Mexico State Police.