Hit-and-runs claim lives of 2 pedestrians in ABQ

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Two pedestrians are dead and a third injured after a series of hit-and-run crashes over the past 10 days, police say.

The latest incident – Wednesday night, on East Central, near Eubank – injured Ferdlyn Lee, 51, who’s in critical condition at the University of New Mexico Hospital.

Police have asked anyone with information about that crash, or similar ones, to call 242-COPS (2677).

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Two other collisions resulted in death:

  • Two vehicles hit Donald Gonzales, 50, on San Mateo near Aztec NE on Tuesday night, and neither driver stopped to help him.

Witnesses say Gonzales was struck by one vehicle, then fell into an adjacent lane, where he was hit a second time.

He was transported to UNMH, where he died.

  • A female pedestrian was killed June 22 near Carlisle and Indian School. Police didn’t immediately identify the victim because of trouble notifying her family.

Albuquerque Police Sgt. Ferris Simmons said it’s never OK to leave the scene of an accident without exchanging insurance information or offering help if someone’s hurt.

“I just want to remind the community to please be safe and take care of each other,” Simmons said Thursday in an interview.

She noted that one of the recent hit-and-run incidents involved more than one vehicle.

“Not one person, but two people ran over a human being and left,” Simmons said. “That’s unacceptable.”

She advised pedestrians to use only designated crosswalks and to follow the lights.

As for drivers, Simmons said they should stay alert and slow down.

“Going slow enough to have the ability to stop should somebody stumble out in front of you could save somebody’s life,” she said.

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