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Car hits deputy at wreck scene

Robert Baron.

Robert Baron.

A Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office deputy was in critical but stable condition after being hit by a car Thursday morning.

According to a news release from the New Mexico State Police, Sgt. Robert Baron, 47, was investigating a weather-related crash on northbound Interstate 25 near San Felipe Pueblo about 10:20 a.m. when the vehicle hit him.

Baron was taken to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, where he was put into a medically induced coma in the Intensive Care Unit, according to a sheriff’s office press release. He remained in critical condition Friday morning.

“Right now, it looks like everything’s in his favor to survive,” sheriff’s office Lt. Keith Elder said.

Sandoval County Sheriff Doug Wood and members of the sheriff’s office were keeping a vigil with Baron, his wife and his 10-year-old son.


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Baron has been a deputy for eight years.

Elder said Baron had just been promoted to sergeant and reassigned to patrol. Before that, Baron worked as a detective.

Northbound I-25 was closed at Algodones, with traffic diverted into Bernalillo, during the incident investigation.

The investigation was ongoing. No more information was available at press time.