New Mexico man killed in accident


A New Mexico man who was driving to his brother's funeral in Wyoming was killed Tuesday after his car skidded off an icy State Highway 13 north of Craig.

Tommy L. Worman, 55, of Farmington, N.M., was pronounced dead at the scene of the one-car accident, which occurred at about 8:10 p.m. five miles north of the city near mile marker 96.

A passing motorist called in the accident, while the Colorado State Patrol noted the slippery roads.

"(There is) no apparent reason why the vehicle began skidding on the roadway," according to a state patrol news release. Troopers responding to the accident "estimated a safe driving speed of 45-50 mph due to roadway conditions."

Investigators say Worman's northbound Pontiac Grand-Am was moving at about 65 mph -- the highway's posted speed limit.

Worman was driving to Laramie, Wyo. Nobody else was in the vehicle.

The car started to skid and rotate on the road before driving off its right side and down an embankment. The car's right rear slammed into the side of a ditch, which threw Worman out of the rear window and some 29 feet from the car, according to the State Patrol.

He was not wearing a seatbelt and airbags didn't deploy.

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