Columnist’s daughter dies after being run over by car
July 11, 2006
A daughter of a Post Independent columnist and local U.S. Forest Service employee died after she was run over by a car Friday in New Mexico.Duana Kight, 34, the daughter of Bill Kight of Glenwood Springs, died Saturday. Late the previous evening, Duana Kight had gotten into an argument with the car’s driver, exited the vehicle when it was still moving, went under it and was rolled and dragged by it, authorities said.The driver, Dustin Wrye, 24, of Estancia, N.M., was charged with driving while intoxicated and tampering with evidence. Wrye has two prior DWI convictions and had been arrested for DWI a total of five times prior to the latest incident, said Sgt. Heath White of the Torrance County (N.M.) Sheriff’s Office.White said he couldn’t elaborate on the tampering charge for now, but that more information about the incident would be forthcoming.”There’s new evidence that we’ve discovered, so we are leaving the case open and pursuing that right now,” he said.The incident occurred on a road about seven miles east of Estancia, which is southeast of Albuquerque. Kight lived in nearby Mountainair, N.M.White said authorities were awaiting toxicology test results to determine if Kight had been drinking. He said he couldn’t disclose the results of blood alcohol tests on Wrye.Wrye was released from the Torrance County Detention Center on Saturday after posting $30,000 bond.A funeral was held Monday for Kight in Mountainair. An obituary appears in today’s Post Independent on page A9.Bill Kight is a longtime columnist for the Post independent and works as an archaeologist on the White River National Forest.