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APD releases details on fatal crash

On October 16th at approximately 1:30a.m. the APD Motor Unit responded to a fatal crash at the intersection of Lead and Columbia.

October 17, 2021

ALBUQUERQUE – On October 16th at approximately 1:30a.m. the APD Motor Unit responded to a fatal crash at the intersection of Lead and Columbia. Field Service Bureau reported that one male subject was deceased on-scene.

As the Motor Unit arrived on-scene they learned that witnesses reported a blue unknown color truck racing a white/maroon Chevy Silverado westbound on Lead at a high rate of speed. As the two vehicles approached the intersection of Columbia, the blue unknown truck slowed down but the Silverado continued westbound through the intersection failing to stop at the red traffic signal. The Silverado struck a northbound vehicle that was entering the intersection on a green traffic signal, lost control and impacted several trees and a concrete wall. The male driver of the Silverado was ejected and died on-scene. Two passengers of the Silverado were transported to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

High speed was definitely the most significant factor in this crash. It is unknown at this time if the decedent was under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs. A toxicology test will be run by the Office of the Medical Investigator during autopsy.

At this time the other vehicle involved in this illegal street race has not been identified. This investigation is still on-going.