Albuquerque, New Mexico — May 12, 2011
Police say a bicyclist suffered critical injuries Thursday when another driver ran a red light in the Altura Village area of Albuquerque.
The Albuquerque Police Department reports that 36-year-old Matt Trujillo was riding a light-blue, 10-speed bicycle north on Washington Street NE, south of Interstate 40. As he approached the intersection Indian School Road NE, Mr. Trujillo was allegedly hit by 19-year-old Memori Hardwick, who failed to heed a red light.
Paramedics took Mr. Trujillo to the University of New Mexico Hospital for treatment.
Ms. Hardwick paused momentarily at the scene, before speeding away. Officers caught up with her less than a mile away and arrested her on suspicion of running a red light.
The New Mexico Department of Public Safety reports that motorcycles were involved in 1,530 traffic accidents in 2008.
UPDATE: Mr. Trujillo died from his injuries on May 26. Prosecutors in Bernalillo County are considering what charges to file against Ms. Hardwick.
UPDATE: Bikeworks Albuquerque has posted a memorial in honor of Mr. Trujillo.
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