4 members of Denton County family killed in New Mexico

08/09/2014 9:16 PM

08/09/2014 9:18 PM

Michael and LeeAnn Miller had built a happy life for themselves in Argyle. He founded his own recruiting firm last year. She often stayed home, devoting time to school fundraisers and Girl Scout functions.

On Friday night, Michael, 47, LeeAnn, 48, and their children Zoey, 12, and Miles, 7, were killed instantly during a family vacation when a Ford pickup crossed the center line and hit their minivan head-on on a northwest New Mexico highway, authorities said.

A few minutes before the crash, LeeAnn Miller’s son Cory Dixon, a recent college graduate, had called her to report that the lawnmower had broken.

“It was just a regular call,” he said Saturday night while preparing to fly to New Mexico to collect their belongings. “They had been gone about two weeks, and we had texted mostly, but we had also talked two or three times.”

The crash occurred on U.S. 550, about 20 miles south of Bloomfield, N.M. According to investigators, Brian Lee, 24, became fatigued while driving northbound and crossed the center line.

Lee was hospitalized with injuries that are not life-threatening.

State police said Saturday afternoon that the investigation was ongoing.

Dixon, a star basketball in high school and college, said his mother was “always at the elementary school” helping with fundraisers and other events. His stepfather was involved in the Cub Scouts.

The family had visited Yellowstone Park, Colorado, Idaho and Utah, he said. At one point, they texted a photo of a rattlesnake blocking a trail they were on.

“I honestly believe, and this may sound selfish, but I believe she was put here to see through my needs,” Dixon said. “And when I got to that point, God called her home.”

A memorial is scheduled for 5 p.m. today at the Millers’ church, Argyle United Methodist. Funeral arrangements are pending.

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