Police identify pedestrian struck, killed by driver at Taos intersection


Updated Jan. 1 at 11:50 a.m.

Police have identified 29-year-old Amanda Marie Tafoya of Peñasco as the pedestrian who was struck and killed by a driver at the intersection of Paseo del Pueblo Sur and Paseo del Cañon West Friday night (Dec. 29).

Tafoya was wearing black clothing and wasn't carrying any personal identification when she was struck by a vehicle driven by Montana Valencia, 21, of Ranchos de Taos sometime before 11 p.m.

Taos Police Chief David Trujillo said an investigation at the scene indicated that Valencia was not intoxicated or speeding at the time of the accident.

"Based on statements from witnesses, the driver and the outcome of the crash investigation, the driver was not impaired and speed did not appear to be a contributing factor in the cause of the crash," Trujillo said in a press release.

First responders were called to the scene just before 11 p.m. on Friday, where medical units and multiple law enforcement agencies blocked the major Taos intersection, halting traffic in all directions of the four-way stop. Civilian vehicles could be seen pulled to the side of the roadway, and a crowd of people gathered at the Shell gas station across the street looked on as medics covered the victim's body with a yellow blanket.

The Office of the Medical Investigator was contacted during the night, and a toxicology report will be completed to determine if the pedestrian was impaired "as the contributing factor of this crash," according to the release.

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