A pedestrian was hospitalized Thursday night (Jan. 30) after being struck by a vehicle as he crossed Paseo del Pueblo Norte near Camino de Merced around 6:30 p.m.
David Salazar, a fixture of downtown Taos known colloquially among local residents as "Huevo Dave," was airlifted to CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe after sustaining what Taos Police Department Chief David Weaver described as serious injuries.
Salazar was hit by a four-door sedan as he stood on the median, Weaver told The Taos News.
The vehicle's 87-year-old driver turned north out of a parking lot and onto the median where she tried to merge with traffic but instead struck the local resident, according to Weaver.
The motorist was cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic, the chief said, noting that the center lane can only be used for left turns.
Salazar's condition could not be confirmed Friday morning (Jan. 31).