Posted on Aug 23, 2023

Man charged in Upper Fruitland collision that left 2 dead

UPPER FRUITLAND, NM - The U.S. Attorney's Office has announced an arrest in connection with a fatal crash in Upper Fruitland earlier this month.

32-year-old Leonardo Robbie Duncan, a member of the Navajo Nation, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.  The accident happened Aug. 12, when two vehicles collided head-on at about 6:45 a.m.

A tribal officer rendering aid to two victims in one of the vehicles told New Mexico State Police officers that the driver of the other vehicle had fled the scene on foot.  One of the victims died at the scene while the other passed away in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

Prosecutors said Duncan's father brought him to the Navajo Police Department later that day to turn himself in.  Duncan's blood alcohol contest allegedly measured .08.

Duncan had preliminary and detention hearing in federal court, and will remain in custody pending trial. If convicted on the current charge, he faces up to 8 years in prison.