Family in shock after woman killed in crash involving Kirtland airmen


Albuquerque police have identified the woman fatally struck by a car full of Kirtland airmen.

Angelica Baca, a mother of two, was walking home Saturday night, and now her family has a lot of unanswered questions.

According to Albuquerque police, a preliminary investigation shows two cars were likely racing north on Louisiana, near Ross, when one of those cars hit a woman in the middle of the street. The car then crashed into some nearby apartments.

That woman was Baca, who died on scene. Two days later, the area is still covered in debris and surrounded by a family mourning their loss.

“I was in total shock,” Baca’s aunt, Dilia Calcutt, said. “I thought, there’s no way.”

Baca left behind her 13-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter. 

“I mean she was young,” Calcutt said. “She left behind two children. They’re going to grow up without no mother.”

The family said the 39-year-old was walking home from a meeting. More than 30 officers responded to the crash.

“Tonight, like I said, every officer here hasn’t seen something like this in their whole career and there’s a lot of guys here with a lot of experience,” Office Simon Drobik said. 

A military spokesperson confirmed four airmen from Kirtland Air Force Base were in the car that hit Baca. Police are still investigating and no one has been arrested. 

“Not realizing by that the decisions that they’re making, innocent people are getting killed,” Calcutt said.

Three of the airmen were taken to the hospital. As of Monday, there is still no word on their conditions.

The Albuquerque Police Department has not said how fast the cars were going or if Baca was using a crosswalk. As for the second car involved, police said it never stopped.

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