Pedestrian fatally struck by car on H...

Pedestrian fatally struck by car on Hwy 180

There are 32 comments on the Silver City Sun-News story from May 7, 2010, titled Pedestrian fatally struck by car on Hwy 180. In it, Silver City Sun-News reports that:

A pedestrian was hit by a car and killed Friday morning while trying to cross Highway 180.

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Linda

Santa Fe, NM

#22 May 10, 2010
Billy Mack wrote:
just another Mexican....he was so old he should have been in a nursing home.....I don't care one way or the other
I bet you wouldn't turn down his heart, if you needed one because yours didn't work correctly, and he was an organ donor!! But, then again, you wouldn't need it, you don't have one anyway!!!
Maybe

Albuquerque, NM

#23 May 10, 2010
Driversneedtoslowdown wrote:
People are driving way to fast on Hwy 180. In less than 24hrs 4 lives were lost on 180 Friday May 7th. An 89 yr old man, 2 dogs, and a 34yr old. While departing Silver City eastward Friday evening a vehicle in the right lane struck and killed a dog crossing the highway. I swerved to avoid colliding and I hit another dog who must have been traveling with the first. I immediately pulled over to remove them from the highway but was unable to get to them before several other vehicles struck them repeatedly. Traffic was heavy and way too fast! I witnessed a couple of vehicles swerve to avoid these dogs in the road and was amazed they didn't wreck in the process. After a few cars passed I was able to remove one to the side of the road but had to wait several minutes for other vehicles to whiz by. It was obvious to me that most of these vehicles were traveling at a speed above 55mph. I know it was Friday and the people were eager for the weekend but we all have to share this highway and we need to be considerate of other drivers as well as have reactionary time should a person, dog or deer try to cross the road. I was really amazed, that there were not more collisions with the rate of speed people were using. People, Please slow down. This is my request. It's been a rough weekend for several families after losing their loved ones. Please, let's not make it worse. Buying a loaf of bread, a 12pk of beer, visiting friends or family are not so important that we can't use caution and reach our destinations safely and still be alive to enjoy one anothers company. Thanks. Please be SAFE.
Its called U.S. Highway 180 East for a reason. ItÂ’s a four-lane highway. In he developed world if you attempt to cross a four-lane highway on foot or if an animal gets on the highway it is not the vehicles fault. It is time that the State of New Mexico joins the rest of the county and erect fences to keep animals off the road and warning signs for pedestrians. This county, Grant is growing whether we like it or not and we must adjust to avoid tragedies such as those of this poor sole being struck and killed. If we lower the speed limit in this area to what Santa Clara has and it starts to take an hour to dive what should be a twenty minuet drive well then maybe the vehicles will decide to use I-10 and not bother us and it will be safe for us to cross and fences will not be needed.
Concerned Citizen

Albuquerque, NM

#24 May 11, 2010
It is true that Mr. Melendrez should have been mindful when he attempted to cross the highway that it was less than safe. That doesn't make him any less dead.

With clear visibility on this stretch of road it is very clear that the driver was not paying attention or he would have seen him. I don't know that he was talking on the phone or texting as I don't know whether he was changing cd's in the player or reaching for something on the other seat. What I am 200% sure of, is that he was not an attentive driver or he would have been able to avoid this.
Just Me

Albuquerque, NM

#25 May 11, 2010
Billy Mack, I"m sitting here trying to profile you...let me see now...heavy, missing teeth, partner left you, ugly, smoker, drinker, uncultered, no virtue or morals, never minded your ma, was a bully in grade school, a loser in high school, not even a G.E.D., wannabe.
learn to shut it

El Paso, TX

#26 May 11, 2010
Driversneedtoslowdown wrote:
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I was told he owned the laundromat in Santa Clara. Was a businessman. You may look into that to see if it's true.
Ya he did own the Launromat!
learn to shut it

El Paso, TX

#27 May 11, 2010
Billy Mack wrote:
just another Mexican....he was so old he should have been in a nursing home.....I don't care one way or the other
Just because people are elderly doesnt mean that they have to be in a nursing home, i new this man since i was little he was still a very out going man, so i suggest you shut your mouth "Billy Mack". Maybe your the one that needs to be in a nursing home since your so bitter and grumpy.
Silverback

Santa Fe, NM

#28 May 11, 2010
My Dearest Billy Mack,
Still don't get it, huh? Go back to Texas, you are certainly not New Mexico material.
Linda

Santa Fe, NM

#29 May 11, 2010
Silverback wrote:
My Dearest Billy Mack,
Still don't get it, huh? Go back to Texas, you are certainly not New Mexico material.
Texas probably doesn't want "Billy Mack,"either!!
Don

Monroe, LA

#30 May 12, 2010
To all of you on this foum, I was the first on the seen. No one was texting no one was on the phone. It was the worst thing I have ever witnessed. Truly an accident and my GOD be with his family no matter what age or race.
Sue

Albuquerque, NM

#31 May 13, 2010
Don wrote:
To all of you on this foum, I was the first on the seen. No one was texting no one was on the phone. It was the worst thing I have ever witnessed. Truly an accident and my GOD be with his family no matter what age or race.
I am sure it was an accident but I still think it was one which was avoidable. I agree with the person who said that he was not an "attentive" driver.

When driving one should be able to look for oncoming traffic or pedestrians .
Linda

Santa Fe, NM

#32 May 13, 2010
Sue wrote:
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I am sure it was an accident but I still think it was one which was avoidable. I agree with the person who said that he was not an "attentive" driver.
When driving one should be able to look for oncoming traffic or pedestrians .
Even attentive, careful drivers can have accidents for many, many different reasons. This entire situation was tragic for BOTH men and their families! All their lives will be changed forever.
Linda

Santa Fe, NM

#34 May 15, 2010
Billy Mack wrote:
Oh chet why get so upset with just one accident..things happen its the person at Snappy Mart thats to blame..
Perhaps, "Chet" is so upset because "just one accident" cost a man his life!

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