ALBUQUERQUE, NM — One person died early Wednesday after being ejected from a motorcycle during a hit-and-run crash near downtown Albuquerque, reports KRQE.
Albuquerque Police said the initial crash occurred on Odelia Road Northeast, near Edith Boulevard Northeast, in the city’s Santa Barbara-Martineztown neighborhood. Officers responded to the scene shortly after 12:00 a.m.
A preliminary investigation indicates the victim was riding a motorcycle when they were rear-ended by a BMW SUV. The BMW continued to drag the motorcycle westbound, for nearly half a mile, until it reached Broadway Boulevard Northeast (NM-47), where the rider was thrown off the bike.
First responders rushed the victim to a local hospital where the patient was later pronounced deceased.
According to witnesses, the BMW stopped in the area of Broadway and Arvada following the incident, and three people exited and fled on foot.
Investigators later learned that the involved motorcycle had been reported stolen, but it was not immediately clear how that detail may have factored into the fatal crash. A search for the three hit-and-run suspects remains ongoing.
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