News: Fatal collision in southeast Albuquerque blamed on street racing

Bert Parnall

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Investigators say street racing was the main factor in a fatal collision that occurred in southeast Albuquerque over the weekend, KOB 4 reports.

Albuquerque police said the driver of a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck was racing another truck on Lead Avenue SE at high speed at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

When the vehicles neared a red light at the intersection with Columbia Drive SE, police said one of the drivers slowed down but the driver of the Silverado kept going through the intersection and hit another vehicle that was headed north on Columbia Drive.

The impact caused the Silverado to crash into several trees and then a concrete wall. The driver of the pickup was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, while his passengers were hospitalized with minor injuries.

Police said high speed was the most significant factor in the wreck, but did not say whether drugs or alcohol also played a part.

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