Horrible parade accident

Horrible parade accident

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Saddened

Rio Rancho, NM

#1 Dec 4, 2010
Two pedestrians were struck by a large SUV during tonight's Christmas Parade. The accident happened in front of Phil Long Ford in the north bound lane of Second Street. The parade was stopped as a result, then re-routed east to First Street around the accident scene.

The pedestrians were an elderly man and woman. No news on their condition.

The vehicle was a full-size Chevy or GM, Tahoe or similar.
Shocked

Albuquerque, NM

#2 Dec 4, 2010
I can't understand why the green Tahoe was driving so fast through the middle of a crowd in the dark. By the time the Tahoe reached the accident location, they had already driven through the parade crowd for a block and a half, driving past at least a hundred people standing on both sides of the street and the median.

I can't say that the Tahoe was speeding, but based on the sound of impact, they were driving at regular street speed.

The Tahoe wasn't the only one either. Before the parade a ghetto low-rider mini-suv raced up the street with ghetto music blasting. Twice! Lots of other vehicles continued up and down Second street at regular speed too, even after the parade started and people were lining the route.

Of course this leads into another question: Why wasn't the street closed? It should have been blocked off in BOTH directions as soon as the parade crowd gathered. 5:30 or earlier.

Yes, the pedestrians should have checked and double-checked for oncoming traffic before walking out in the street too. But this accident was eventual considering the poor traffic control and rampant careless driving.
MTT Raton

Albuquerque, NM

#3 Dec 4, 2010
that is very sad to hear I hope the couple are okay I am prying for them
quick quick

United States

#4 Dec 5, 2010
I hope the people injured are doing well. Although this isn't a surprise I went home pretty quick and as some have mentioned, thought the tempo was a little too fast. Incredibly unfortunate and sad to hear our neighbors were hurt

Now where is Roger Rael and all the crazies in town to blame the r.p.d mayor and city council?

Wrong place, wrong time.

Pray for these folks and avoid the crazy rumors at all costs!!!
quick quick

United States

#5 Dec 5, 2010
By the way, huge thumbs up to those of you (who sound like you were there, by your accounts) for keeping a line drawn between subjective opinions, objective eye witness accounts.

We need to support these people and maybe consider a relief fund for them through one of the banks? Something??
Raton

Rio Rancho, NM

#6 Dec 5, 2010
I also feel for the young lady driving the SUV. What a thing to have to live with.

I hope she had a legit driving license, insurance, and tests neg for booze and drugs. Otherwise this will go very badly for her.
relative

Jackson, WY

#7 Dec 5, 2010
the family was told the man hit at the pararade will be taken off life support tonight or tomorrow.he was flown to swedish medical center in denver. the lady will be released maybe tomorrow.
terrible

United States

#8 Dec 5, 2010
If it becomes matter of public record who these folks are, perhaps a relief fund through international bank- donations?
relative

Denver, CO

#9 Dec 6, 2010
The couple that was injured are my relatives. One is still in the hospital, and the gentleman is not expected to live. Please continue to pray for our family and thank you for your support.
saddened

Albuquerque, NM

#10 Dec 6, 2010
I am very sad to hear about the accident. I know that this has affected many people, and I am sure all would like to express their sorrow for your tragedy.
family

Waterloo, Canada

#11 Dec 6, 2010
First the hospital has said no such thing about him not having to live. Second u have the suv wrong. No booze or anything was involved she is a good girl and scared to death. She was not driving fast and several well all witnesses have said that the couple was wearing black and walked out infront of the suv. This something that needs to be dealt with with the families everyone is still is shock.
LocalYokel

Albuquerque, NM

#12 Dec 6, 2010
The injured man is Frank Hurtado. I couldn't hear who the woman's name was.
I know him because his grand-kids go to school with mine. He's always seemed pleasant.
LocalYokel

Albuquerque, NM

#13 Dec 6, 2010
The vehicle was driven by an 17 year old female whose name has not been released.
RatonResident

United States

#14 Dec 6, 2010
Unfortunately the driver of the SUV was speeding. We were at Apache and 2nd Street going North. The SUV was going at least 45 miles an hour when it went speeding by us. It didn't help that the street lights were off, and it was quite dark. I think that the City should have blocked off both sides of the street for safety issues. The injured woman with Mr Hurtado was his daughter. Mr Hurtado has been raising his grandsons. They attend Mass every Sunday at St Joseph/St Patrick.
Shocked

Rio Rancho, NM

#15 Dec 6, 2010
Raton Range has story.
http://raton-range.com/pedestrians-hit-by-suv...

"Holland said police had varied information from different witnesses and could not determine with any certainty yet how fast the SUV may have been going."

The speed limit downtown is 30mph. Was the vehicle traveling too fast for a darkened parade route lined with people? Obviously. But was it technically speeding? I can't say.

I doubt the average person is able to guess the speed of a passing car with much accuracy. 30mph or 45mph? Not even police can guess that well, that's why they use radar guns.

“Mr. Lawleress haha ”

Since: Oct 10

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#16 Dec 6, 2010
quick quick wrote:
I hope the people injured are doing well. Although this isn't a surprise I went home pretty quick and as some have mentioned, thought the tempo was a little too fast. Incredibly unfortunate and sad to hear our neighbors were hurt
Now where is Roger Rael and all the crazies in town to blame the r.p.d mayor and city council?
Wrong place, wrong time.
Pray for these folks and avoid the crazy rumors at all costs!!!
Well, public safety was Jeopardized and we the Tax Payers will once again pay the bill. So is it the cities fault yes. And even more your to blame to. You should have jumped in front of it took a hit for the team.
We would have had your ceremony at the high school and proclaimed a day for you. Maybe the day Tampons were discovered what day did u and your beast mate get married again. Any way

I am so happy regardless of my absence you low life's are still speaking my name. It tase so so so good huh.

“Mr. Lawleress haha ”

Since: Oct 10

Location hidden

#17 Dec 6, 2010
Shocked wrote:
Raton Range has story.
http://raton-range.com/pedestrians-hit-by-suv...
"Holland said police had varied information from different witnesses and could not determine with any certainty yet how fast the SUV may have been going."
The speed limit downtown is 30mph. Was the vehicle traveling too fast for a darkened parade route lined with people? Obviously. But was it technically speeding? I can't say.
I doubt the average person is able to guess the speed of a passing car with much accuracy. 30mph or 45mph? Not even police can guess that well, that's why they use radar guns.
Ok so who checked the work of the police ?
outraged citizen

Albuquerque, NM

#18 Dec 7, 2010
I have known this girl for a while and whoever thinks she is a good girl or even person obviously doesn't know her that well at all. From what I have seen over the years she is decitful, dishonest, manipulative, and very disrespectful. She does not seem a bit remorsful, for what happened. She is living without a care as if nothing happened while this man fights for his life. She doesn't respect her parents or anyone else for that matter, so how can she be expected to respect the gravity of this situation. Because of the lighting and regardless of the clothes they were wearing she should have been driving with more caution because of the lights and just plain common sense when driving around a crowd. The only thing this girl cares about is keeping her butt out of jail and her mom is going to do everything she can to keep her out. If I were the police I would have arrested her already. I know this family and honesty and doing the right thing are not high on their priorities. I hope the family of Mr. Furtado are all doing well, and my prayers go out the him and his family. As far as the young girl is concerned I hope she is held accountable for her actions as well as her parents. If she had no license then she had no business driving a vehilcle so whoever let her should be just as accountable. This family might be able to run their whole sharade but in the end the lord knows who they really are.
relative

United States

#19 Dec 7, 2010
Frankie was taken off life support last night and died about 2 minutes later.. Please pray for the family. Services will be annouced later.
exactly

United States

#20 Dec 7, 2010
Sorry for your loss, best regards to the family of this gentleman.

Aside from that, we can all speculate on the young lady driver, yet there is a person who lost their life which is a tragedy. Unless you wear an r.p.d badge or state police badge, let the lawmen do their job.

Let justice take it's course where applicable and allow the family of the decedent closure and space to move on.

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