UPDATE: Los Alamos National Bank President Steve Wells told the Los Alamos Daily Post moments ago that Trent Johnson had worked at LANB for 14 years.
“He was a wonderful person … liked by everyone … he was part of the fabric that makes LANB what it is – it’s the people like him – and he will be sorely missed,” Wells said. “Our sympathies go out to Trent’s wife and two sons.”
Wells said that the Trent Johnson Memorial Fund has been set up at LANB and community members may donate to that fund to help the family.
At about 10:46 p.m., Monday, officers with the Los Alamos Police Department responded to a single vehicle crash off N.M. 4 near mile marker 49.
Upon arrival, officers located a newer model sedan at the bottom of the mountain. The driver and only occupant, 39-year-old Trent Johnson of Los Alamos, was pronounced dead at the scene.
“This is a very tragic event and investigators along with the Office of the Medical Investigator are working together to determine the cause of this crash,” Commander Preston Ballew said. “We want to urge drivers to use caution when traveling to and from the Jemez Mountains due to heavy damage to a portion of the guardrail. The New Mexico State Highway Department is on scene evaluating the situation but it may take some time before the guardrail is repaired.”