Fire engine strikes, kills pedestrian early Tuesday morning near University - Albuquerque Journal

Fire engine strikes, kills pedestrian early Tuesday morning near University

An Albuquerque Fire Rescue engine struck and killed a pedestrian who was crossing a dark section of road outside a crosswalk on University near Lomas at about 2 a.m. Tuesday, according to police.

Police believe the crash was due to pedestrian error, and don’t believe alcohol was a factor, according to Albuquerque Police spokesman Chase Jewell.

The AFR vehicle, which was on its way with lights and sirens to a structure fire, was headed north on University from Lomas.

The pedestrian — who has not been identified — was wearing dark clothes and “looking down” while crossing from the west to the east side of the road, Jewell said in a release, citing video footage reviewed at the scene.

“The AFR vehicle struck the pedestrian in a darkened section of the roadway,” Jewell wrote. “The pedestrian received significant injuries as a result of the accident and died on scene. AFR Personnel remained on scene and rendered aid to the pedestrian.”

Jewell said the investigation is ongoing and speed evaluations are being conducted. No charges are currently pending, the release said.

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