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Downtown Crash Investigation

July 23, 2023

ALBUQUERQUE – APD detectives with the Multi-Agency Task Force worked with Traffic investigators overnight to investigate a deadly Downtown crash.

The single-vehicle crash occurred at 2:47 a.m. as police called off a pursuit. The driver of the vehicle was killed in the crash.

Detectives are trying to determine the relationship between the crash and an earlier incident that police were investigating.

Police were initially alerted at 2:13 a.m. to possible shots fired as a caller to 911 was reporting someone was breaking into his vehicle, which was parked near Gold Ave. and 2nd St., S.W. The caller said he approached the individual who then pointed a gun at his head, and a second person also produced a gun and pointed it at him. It was later determined that the first suspect stole a firearm from the parked vehicle.

During the investigation officers obtained possible suspect and vehicle information. One officer observed a two people leaving the area in a vehicle and attempted a traffic stop. The vehicle did not stop and the officer then began a vehicle pursuit.

The officer was advised to terminate the pursuit and shortly after the termination he arrived on the vehicle which had crashed at the intersection of Broadway Ave. and Hazeldine Ave.

The white 2013 Chrysler was traveling southbound on Broadway Ave at a high rate of speed and began to lose control just north of Hazeldine Ave. The vehicle entered the northbound lanes of Broadway Blvd and struck a tree on the east side of the street.  After the vehicle struck the tree it began to roll and then struck an electrical pole and a building located at 702 Broadway Blvd.

The male driver of the vehicle died on scene and the male passenger was transported to a local hospital for a leg injury.

Further investigation concluded that the male driver was possibly intoxicated.

The MATF was contacted to conduct the investigation with the assistance of the fatal crash investigation team.  The investigation is ongoing.