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UPDATED: N.M. Secretary of State ‘Shocked’ by Pedestrian Death; No Citations or Charges Expected, Police Say

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Santa Fe police are correcting information SFPD put out earlier today about a crash last night where Secretary of State Dianna Duran and other drivers hit a pedestrian in the roadway on N.M. 599.

Capt. Aric Wheeler says now that Duran did stop after she passed through the accident scene but thought she had run over an animal. She then drove home and called police, Wheeler said.

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Santa Fe police say there is no evidence of improper driving by Secretary of State Dianna Duran or other drivers in last night’s accident in which a pedestrian was struck and killed on N.M. 599 in Santa Fe.

Police Capt. Aric Wheeler said that based on officers initial investigation, it does not appear that any of the drivers will be charged or cited. He said there was no evidence of alcohol use or impairment among Duran and the other drivers. “The main contributing factor” in the crash was that the pedestrian was walking in the roadway, Wheeler said.

The pedestrian has tentatively been identified as a 46-year-old man, but his name is not being released pending next of kin.

Duran’s blue Honda Accord is among three vehicles impounded by police. A BMW was the first vehicle to strike the pedestrian and then other vehicles struck the body. Wheeler said Duran did not initially stop but did so after another driver flashed headlights and got her to pull over.

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Nov. 18, 2011 10:15 a.m.

By The Associated Press

Secretary of State Dianna Duran says her car was one of several that struck a man’s body on a highway near Santa Fe after the pedestrian had been hit and killed a short time earlier by another vehicle.

Duran issued a statement Friday saying she was “shocked and saddened” over the accident and expressed her “thoughts and prayers” to the family of the victim.

Santa Fe police say a man was killed while walking along New Mexico Route 599 Thursday night. Several other vehicles then struck the body while it was in the road.

Duran said she was on her way home about 7:30 p.m. when she ran over what “appeared to be an animal that had been struck” in one lane of the highway.

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Nov. 17, 2011 10:07 p.m. — Pedestrian killed on NM 599

By Phil Parker / Journal North Reporter

A man was struck by several vehicles and killed Thursday evening on N.M. 599 when he was attempting to cross on foot a dark section of that road, according to police.

The man had not been identified late Thursday, according to Santa Fe Police Department Capt. Aric Wheeler. He described a grisly scene that stretched up to 150 feet along the road.

The incident occurred at N.M. 599 and Camino La Tierra in northwest Santa Fe around 7:45 p.m., said Wheeler. The victim is believed to have been crossing 599’s west-bound lane in “a fairly dark area,” he said.

“He was struck by an initial vehicle and then multiple vehicles struck him after that first impact,” Wheeler said.

Police have identified at least three drivers involved in the crash, and are investigating whether others were involved. No foul play is suspected, Wheeler said, and no charges have been brought against any of the drivers.

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