A woman crossing the street was killed in what police officers are calling the worst deadly crash they’ve ever seen, possibly caused by street racing just outside Kirtland Air Force Base.
“This may be the worst accident I think everybody here on scene has ever seen,” Ofc. Simon Drobik said.
“I’ve seen a lot of that stuff but that was the worst I’ve ever seen,” Mike Zeni, who lives near the crash, said.
The incident happened around 8 p.m. Saturday night at Louisiana and Ross. Police say the woman was walking across the intersection when she was hit and killed instantly.
On Sunday, a spokesperson for Kirtland Air Force Base confirmed the four men in the car involved are airmen. Three of them are in the hospital and no one is in custody at this point.
The crash shut down Louisiana in that area for hours as police investigated the gruesome scene. Authorities say the crash might have been caused by street racing when the car with airmen went to pass another vehicle, changing lanes at the intersection and collided with the woman. The car then crashed into a nearby empty apartment complex.
“There was a vehicle in the fast lane, which two vehicles were racing behind. One vehicle split the lane, meaning going in the middle of the intersection, and there was a female adult traveling through the intersection and was struck by the vehicle,” Ofc. Drobik explained.
One neighbor said it sounded like a bomb went off — a loud explosion, then described a scene too graphic for KRQE News 13 to air. She ran to call 911 while another neighbor ran to help the men in the car.
“My wife ran down and she looked in the car and she helped the guy out of the car and the other guy couldn’t get out of the car he was too badly injured and he had glass all over his face and everything,” Zeni said.
It’s a scary night that will stay with these neighbors for a long time. They hope, ultimately, this serves as a warning for drivers that street racing is not fun and games and to slow down. “I don’t know what the answer is but I do know that the speed limit isn’t being observed,” one man said.
“That doesn’t happen at 35 miles an hour. No,” Jordan Moreno, another neighbor, said.
People who live in the area say street racing and pedestrian crashes are all too common.
“It’s not safe because people come really fast either from the base…but they do go faster than 30 miles an hour,” said Jordan Moreno who lives near the crash scene.
Authorities say part of the investigation will be obtaining the black box from the car to see what speeds and acceleration or braking took place leading up to the crash. Police have yet to name the driver involved in the crash or the woman who was killed.