Double Fatal Crash On U.S. 550 In San Juan County


San Juan County, NM – On December 14, 2019 at about 10:30 p.m. the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash on U.S. Highway 550 around mile post 168, north of Aztec.

The initial investigation indicated a 2003 Lincoln passenger car was traveling south on U.S. Highway 550.  For reasons still under investigation the vehicle left the roadway and rolled. Both rear seat passengers were ejected from the vehicle and pronounced deceased on the scene by the office of the Medical Investigator.    The driver and front seat passenger were transported to area hospitals for treatment. Their conditions and injuries are not known.

The rear seat passengers who died in the crash were identified as Marcelino Marquez (52) of San Juan, NM and Michael Tsosie (52) of Sweetwater, AZ.  The male driver (18) and the male front seat passenger (19) both of San Juan, NM will not be identified at this time.

Alcohol is suspected in being a contributing factor to the crash, and seatbelts were not properly utilized. The crash is still under investigation by the New Mexico State Police Uniform Bureau and the New Mexico State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit. No additional information is available at this time.