Pedestrian killed in rush hour collision south of Taos

A Ranchos de Taos man was fatally struck by two vehicles while crossing Paseo del Pueblo Sur near Medina Road during rush hour Wednesday evening (Jan. 15), according to the Taos County Sheriff's Office.

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A Ranchos de Taos man was fatally struck by two vehicles while crossing Paseo del Pueblo Sur near Medina Road during rush hour Wednesday evening (Jan. 15), according to the Taos County Sheriff's Office.

George Sandoval, a local resident in his early 70s, was pronounced dead at the scene, Undersheriff Edwardo Romero told The Taos News.

Sandoval was crossing the busy thoroughfare shortly before 5:45 p.m. to purchase cigarettes at a Phillips 66 gas station on the east side of Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Romero said.

The driver of a small Suzuki did not see the pedestrian until the last minute, according to the undersheriff. The motorist swerved to avoid Sandoval but clipped him with the mirror of their vehicle, he said. Another vehicle drove over Sandoval when he fell to the ground, Romero recounted.

The drivers were sober, he added, and no charges have been filed.

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