Vehicle strikes pedestrians near Placita and Paseo; traffic rerouted

One walker in critical condition; other is stable


Update: 12:45 p.m.

Two men injured Friday in Taos when a pickup truck drove over the curb on Paseo del Pueblo Norte and struck them as they were walking on a sidewalk have been identified as Gus Chinlund and  Robert Soloway, according to Taos Police.

Chinlund, a local theater actor,  was airlifted to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque for treatment. Soloway is in stable condition at Holy Cross Hospital.  A German shepherd with one of the men was killed in the accident. 

The  pickup truck was driven by Richard Green, according to Taos Police Chief David Trujillo.

"The incident is still being investigated and the scene of the crash is being reconstructed by a Detective of the Taos Police Department to determine the contributing factors of this crash," said Trujillo in a statement. "Charges for the driver are contingent on the totality of facts and circumstances determined by the outcome of the investigation."

Paseo del Pueblo Norte and Camino de la Placita, which were closed following the accident, have been reopened to traffic. 

Update:  Noon 

The pedestrian who is in critical condition has been airlifted by medical helicopter to the University of New Mexico Hospital. 

First responders and police are on the scene of an accident with injuries in Taos near Camino de La Placita and Paseo del Pueblo Norte reported at 10:45 a.m. Friday (July 6). Taos Central Dispatch reports multiple people involved. 

Traffic will be slowed or rerouted as emergency workers address the injured and move vehicles. Drivers should avoid the area if possible. 

Traffic is backed up. Take Upper Ranchitos Road or Blueberry Hill Road to avoid the intersection.

Taos Police Detective Barry Holfelder said a man driving southbound on Paseo del Pueblo Norte in a blue GMC truck suddenly went over the curb and struck two pedestrians walking along the road with a dog. The dog was killed. Both pedestrians were transported to Holy Cross Hospital, one in critical condition and the other with moderate injuries, according to Chris Medina, Taos County Emergency Medical Services director. 

This is a developing story.