Last year, 35 pedestrians were killed in Albuquerque by motorists, including the tragic death of 12-year-old Cleveland Middle School student Eliza “Justine” Almuina, according to the Albuquerque Police Department. That is a 32% increase in pedestrian fatalities from 2017, when 22 pedestrians were killed in the city.
From 2011 to 2015, 365 people lost their lives on Albuquerque roads in various fatal crashes. Of those, 30% involved pedestrian fatalities.
It’s no surprise that Albuquerque was ranked the 17th most dangerous metro area for people to walk in the United States by Smart Growth America in its 2019 annual report titled “Dangerous by Design.”