Road workers employed by a Kansas City-based firm, Vance Brothers Inc., filled in centerline rumble strips on NM Hwy 550 while performing routine maintenance, according to a price agreement contract.
On the night of Aug. 8, The Miller family — Michael Miller, 47, Leann Miller, 48, Zoey Miller, 12, and Miles Miller, 7 — were driving north on the highway near Bloomfield, when their car was struck head-on by a pickup truck that had strayed across the centerline.
The entire family was killed on impact.
A New Mexico Department of Transportation spokeswoman said the contractor began replacing the rumble strips on Aug. 15, after the crash occurred.
Will Ferguson, an Albuquerque accident plaintiff’s lawyer, is aggressively investigating the details of this tragic crash. “These safety features are put into place for a reason and are non-negotiable” says Ferguson. “The Highway Department and contractor, among others, are responsible for the safety of highway travelers and have obviously failed in this case. The manner and mechanism of the failure is what we need to understand”. Ferguson will release more information on the details of this crash case as they become available.