ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - An Albuquerque top executive died Tuesday night from massive injuries sustained from a car that ran a red light when cycling home from work.
Scott Dwane Lane is a father of four, vice president at Sun Country Industries and an avid bicyclist. On the evening of January 10, 2011 on his way home Lane sat at a light waiting for it to turn green; compelling 911 tapes reveal the tragic event:
Dispatcher: Albuquerque 911 operator 3116, where is your emergency?
Caller: on the corner of Osuna and academy parkway.
Dispatcher: what's going on?
Caller: a bicyclist just got creamed by a car!
Dispatcher: in the intersection?
Caller: it was in the intersection.
Dispatcher: was he walking or on a bicycle?
Caller: he was on a bicycle. The light had just turned green for him to cross the street and a car ran the red light and creamed him.
Steve Thompson was the man who made that 911 call and says he can't get that image out of his head.
Thompson was waiting at the same traffic light. He says the light turned green and Lane was half way through the intersection when a driver ran the light sending Lane 30 feet into the air, Thompson quickly called 911.
Lane's widow, Sheryl says her family was eating dinner waiting for her husband to come home when they got the call from UNM Hospital, Lane had sustained massive injuries.
Sheryl tells News 13 her husband was in such good shape and it took 4 hours for him to die because his heart would not stop beating. She says he wanted to be an organ donor but his injuries were too severe. "He had a wonderful heart because he was in really good shape. I mean bicycling is really great for you if a car doesn't hit you. You know, it's wonderful."
APD is investigating the case. The driver who hit Lane, 58 year old Carol Svinarich, did not return our call but told police she thought her light may have been green or yellow.
The results of the investigation will be turned over to the District Attorney for a decision on charges.
Currently there s no difference between careless driving without injury and careless driving that results in injury or death. Albuquerque state representative Rick Miera says that's not right.
Along with bicycle and motorcycle groups, Miera is backing a bill to increase penalties for people who drive carelessly and kill or hurt someone else.
Miera is asking the governor to include a bill in this year's session that would increase the penalty for careless driving to a year in jail and a $1000 fine. Right now the maximum is a $300 fine and a 90 day sentence.
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