The two people killed in a head-on collision south of Farmington have been identified by the New Mexico State Police. The police revealed their identities on Monday, October 11th. 50-year-old Michael McCraren, of Tucson, Arizona, and 28-year-old Hannah Cornerlson of Surprise died when the cars they traveled in collided on the Navajo reservation.
The accident happened on Tuesday, October 5th. The NMSP said an unidentified 27-year-old man from Surprise operated a Maserati sports car on Navajo Route 5. The car drifted into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a 2020 Volvo SUV. McCarren drove the Volvo, and he died at the crash site.
A passenger in the Volvo, an unnamed 48-year-old woman from Tucson, sustained unknown injuries. The first responders took her to a Farmington area hospital for treatment, and she was later airlifted to UNM Hospital in Albuquerque. The state police said Cornelson was the passenger in the Maserati. She later died at a Farmington hospital.
The Maserati driver sustained unknown injuries and also received treatment at a hospital in Farmington. The police said alcohol does not appear to have played a role in the occurrence. However, the collision south of Farmington remains under investigation, and based on the outcome, the Maserati driver might face charges. There’s no additional information.
In an accident of this nature, the fault driver would likely face criminal charges as well as a civil lawsuit. The outcome of the criminal case might be a prison sentence and payment of a fine. The civil case would result in the fault party getting compensation for economic and non-economic damages.
The presence of a criminal case does not do away with a civil case, so a victim can always recover compensation. Learn about the claims process by contacting our New Mexico auto accident lawyers at FBD Law.