A motorocyclist crashed, then the driver of a UTV struck a pedestrian in separate but back-to-back traffic accidents south of Taos Sunday evening (June 28), sending a total of three people to Holy Cross Medical Center.
A motorocyclist crashed, then the driver of a UTV struck a pedestrian in separate but back-to-back traffic accidents south of Taos Sunday evening (June 28), injuring three people.
Taos County Emergency Services Chief Chris Medina said all three patients were in stable condition as of 9 p.m. Sunday night.
Deputies from the Taos County Sheriff's Office responded to both crashes, which roughly took place between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. in or near Llano Quemado.
The motorcyclist crashed on State Road 68 near County Road 110, according to Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe, resulting in two injuries. Deputies learned the motorcyclist drove off the roadway for reasons that weren't immediately clear, Hogrefe said.
The driver of the UTV – an off-road vehicle generally larger than an ATV – struck the pedestrian on Hilltop Road in Llano Quemado near Capilla de Nuestra Señora del Carmen chapel. The pedestrian was also taken to Holy Cross, and later transferred to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.
Hogrefe said a warrant was obtained for Marcos Archuleta, 25, of Ranchos de Toas, the driver of the UTV. Archuleta was arrested Tuesday morning (June 30).
Despite the coincidental timing and general location of the crashes, Medina said they were unrelated. It was unknown as of Sunday evening whether any of the drivers involved were intoxicated.
Last week, three people died in traffic-related crashes around Taos County.
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