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Navajo Dam, NM (June 21, 2023) — This past Sunday, the New Mexico State Police responded to a tragic single-vehicle crash on NM 511 and NM 539. The accident happened at around 6:00 PM and involved a 2003 Subaru driven by Rachel Kahwajy, a 31-year-old resident of Farmington, NM.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the vehicle was traveling on NM 539, approaching a sharp curve when the driver, Ms. Kahwajy, failed to navigate it. The Subaru then veered off the road and went over a cliff. Tragically, both Ms. Kahwajy and her passenger Glenn Taketa, a 53-year-old from Farmington, lost their lives in the accident. They were pronounced deceased at the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator. 

The New Mexico State Police have taken charge of the investigation into this fatal crash. So far, they haven’t been able to determine the cause of the accident. Further details regarding the circumstances surrounding the incident are still under review.

Source: New Mexico State Police

The Attorneys of Flores, Tawney & Acosta, P.C. Offer Their Condolences

We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones affected by this tragic fatal crash. This loss is undoubtedly devastating, and our thoughts are with the families of the victims during this difficult time. We hope that they find comfort and support from their community as they navigate through this profound grief. Additionally, we express our hope that the New Mexico State Police, who are currently investigating the crash, will be able to determine the cause of the accident. 

What You Need to Know About Filing for Wrongful Death

Whether you lost a loved one in this fatal car crash in Rio Arriba County or one similar, you may not know what your legal options are. Such a tragedy often comes with lifelong emotional damage that can be difficult to measure. However, families pursuing a wrongful death claim may seek various types of damages. This includes economic damages, which aim to compensate for financial losses such as funeral and burial costs, lost income, and future earnings the deceased would have provided. In addition, families may also seek non-economic damages, which encompass the emotional pain and suffering, loss of companionship, and mental anguish experienced by the surviving family members. An experienced wrongful death attorney will be able to take the full extent of your loss into account and help advocate for your family when negotiating with the insurance company.

Flores, Tawney & Acosta, P.C. Is Here to Help

Attempting to navigate the legal complexities of a wrongful death claim on your own can be overwhelming. By enlisting the expertise of our New Mexico wrongful death attorneys, you can gain the support and guidance needed to navigate this challenging journey. We understand the profound and lasting impact that the loss of a loved one can have on a family. That’s why we diligently employ our extensive trial experience to fight for justice on behalf of families. Our track record reflects our unwavering commitment to serving clients like they are family. Take the first step toward seeking justice by scheduling a free consultation with us. Reach out to us today at 575-222-1000 to discuss your case.

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Daisy Chaparro

Daisy Chaparro was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. A graduate from El Dorado High School in 2008 and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy from St. Mary’s University in 2012. Daisy then obtained her Juris Doctorate (magna cum laude) from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2015.

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