SANTA FE – Police have released photographs of a white baseball cap and a religious devotional item worn by the bicyclist who was struck and killed by a Rail Runner train Monday morning, in hopes the photos will produce leads that can help identify the biker.
The man was hit by the northbound train while he was riding west on the sidewalk as he crossed the tracks on the north side of St. Michael’s Drive.
The cyclist wore a Virgen Del Carmen (Our Lady of Mount Carmel) scapular around his neck. A scapular is a common devotional item worn by Catholics, around their necks and under their clothes, the police noted in a news release.
The scapular is of brown cloth with gold embroidery. One side depicts the Virgen Del Carmen, with a gold cross on the other. The deceased bicyclist also had a gold chain around his neck.
The bicyclist was wearing a white baseball hat with black lettering that says, “NEW YORK – THE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD.”
The man’s mangled bike ended up about 30 yards north of St. Michael’s in the middle of the tracks. After the crash, the baseball cap could be seen next to the tracks, where a rock had been placed on top of it to keep it from being blown away. Santa Fe police said the man was not wearing a helmet or earphones.
Police have retrieved video from the Rail Runner train but have not said what it shows. The crossing arms and other warning devices at the intersection of the tracks with St. Michael’s, west of Calle Lorca, appeared to be working at the time of the accident, police said.
Anyone who recognizes the articles and can help police identify the man is asked to call officer Paul Blea at 505-955-5205 or Santa Fe police at 505-428-3710.
In April, a Santa Fe woman also was killed when she rode in front of a Rail Runner train, where the train tracks cross Zia Road.