Street race down Lead ends in fatal crash

Albuquerque News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque police continue to investigate a fatal crash that happened early Saturday morning in southwest Albuquerque. According to police, APD’s Motor Unit responded to the intersection of Lead and Columbia around 1:30 p.m. One man was dead at the scene.


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Officials say police learned from witnesses that a blue truck was racing a white/maroon Chevy Silverado heading westbound on Lead. As the vehicles approached the intersection of Columbia, the truck slowed down but the Silverado continued through the intersection, failing to stop at the red light. Police say the Silverado hit a vehicle going northbound that was entering the intersection, lost control, and crashed into several trees and a concrete wall.

According to a press release from APD, the male driver of the Silverado was ejected and died on the scene. Two passengers in the Silverado were transported to a local hospital and were treated with minor injuries.

Officials say high speed was the most significant factor in the crash. It is currently unknown whether the driver of the Silverado was under the influence of liquor or drugs. The release states a toxicology test will be run by the Office of the Medical Investigator during the autopsy.

The driver of the other vehicle involved in the street race has not been identified. The investigation is ongoing.

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