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Released inmate killed in hit-and-run near Santa Fe jail

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After Kevin Poirer was released from the Santa Fe County Detention Center on Friday night, he apparently began to walk down N.M. 14.

Around 10 p.m., according to New Mexico State Police, a truck hit the 45-year-old man from San Diego, California, and drove off.

State Police spokesman Ray Wilson on Saturday said Poirer died at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center soon after, and authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding who is responsible. He said investigators believe a southbound 2015 Ford pickup truck was the vehicle involved in the crash.

“The truck will have front end damage and will be missing a mirror,” Wilson said.

Poirer had been in jail on an arrest warrant for breaking and entering.

Officers detained Poirer, a homeless man, in December after he pried open the doors to a Best Western hotel in Santa Fe and was found inside, according to records filed in Santa Fe Magistrate Court.

Poirer told police he “just wanted to warm up” and when asked why he didn’t go to a local shelter, Poirer said “he just did not make it.”

Officers took Poirer to the jail, but staff refused to admit him due to “severely infected” wounds on his arms.

Police took Poirer to the hospital and released him from custody to “receive proper medical care.” When Poirer didn’t show up for a court appearance in the case, a warrant was issued for his arrest and he was booked into the jail last Monday, March 23. He was released on an unsecured appearance bond.

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