Taos fa­ther dies in car rollover

The Taos News - - FRONT PAGE - By John Miller jmiller@taos­news.com The Taos News

Scott Quin­tanilla, 46, a life­long res­i­dent of Taos, died in a sin­gle-ve­hi­cle crash near Ea­gle Nest early Wed­nes­day morn­ing (Nov. 7).

Ac­cord­ing to a pre­lim­i­nary New Mex­ico State Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Quin­tanilla was trav­el­ing on U.S. 64 near mile marker 282 when he lost con­trol and his 1998 Subaru rolled. In­ves­ti­ga­tors say Quin­tanilla was ejected in the crash and was later pro­nounced dead by medics at the scene.

Po­lice said they don’t know why Quin­tanilla was trav­el­ing near Ea­gle Nest Wed­nes­day. It ap­peared that he was not wear­ing a seat belt at the time, ac­cord­ing to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which also de­ter­mined that al­co­hol did not seem to have been a fac­tor in the crash.

Quin­tanilla was a for­mer teacher at Taos Mid­dle School and also the for­mer co-owner of the Ky­ote Club, a res­tau­rant and mu­sic lounge that he had opened with his brother, Ky, in 2014. The res­tau­rant gained its name from a nick­name he and his brother had shared when they were kids. It closed af­ter an 18-month run.

His brother has gone on to work as head chef at Pal­letes, the new res­tau­rant in­side the re­cently re­opened Ho­tel Don Fer­nando.

Quin­tanilla worked at LMNOC Broad­cast­ing un­til late last year, when he be­gan tak­ing time off to care for his young daugh­ter, who has been di­ag­nosed with can­cer.

He cre­ated a Go Fund Me ac­count for her,

“We love you Ash­ley,” which re­mains ac­tive and can be ac­cessed at bit.ly/2JMhDQd.

The girl’s mother, Quin­tanilla’s ex-wife, April Browne, was one of three vic­tims in a triple homi­cide near Dixon in May.

Quin­tanilla also had a son with Browne, and three other chil­dren from other re­la­tion­ships.

An out­pour­ing of farewells ap­peared on Quin­tanilla’s Face­book page Wed­nes­day morn­ing as word of the man’s death spread.

Quin­tanilla’s own fi­nal posts urged his friends to go out and vote in the gen­eral elec­tion Tues­day night (Nov. 6), his fi­nal en­try, a pic­ture of an “I voted” but­ton fixed to his shirt, was posted just be­fore 2 p.m.

Photo via Face­book

Scott Quin­tanilla, 46

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