SANTA FE – The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating a road rage incident southeast of Santa Fe last week that put one bicyclist in the hospital with serious injuries and left two others with broken or cracked bones.
Juan Rios, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, confirmed Tuesday that Jacob Brown, 39, of Moriarty, who admitted he stopped and backed his car toward a group of riders from Santa Fe Seniors on Bikes (SOBs) on N.M 41 near Galisteo on Thursday, was cited for stopping in the roadway. No record of the citation has been filed in court.
Rios said Sheriff Robert Garcia and Undersheriff Ron Madrid reviewed the case reports Tuesday and decided that the sheriff’s office “will keep the case open and it will remain under investigation.” Rios said investigators will meet with the District Attorney’s Office to determine any charges to pursue.
Members of the SOBs say Brown passed the group of about 15 riders at high speed while honking his horn, then braked and backed into the bicyclists. Douglas Harrel, 63, was the most seriously hurt, with broken ribs, a cracked pelvis and a punctured lung, other riders said. He remains at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center.
Another rider suffered fractures in both wrists and a third had cracked ribs and a concussion, according to the SOBs.
Catherine Veilleux, who was on the Thursday bike ride, was not impressed by the response of the Sheriff’s Office at the accident scene. “I just felt like the law enforcement reaction was an under-reaction,” she said.
The driver “used his car as an assault weapon,” she added.