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Bicyclist killed by Rail Runner is identified

SANTA FE, N.M. — Santa Fe police released the name of the woman who was struck and killed by a Rail Runner train on Saturday, April 19.

Sixty-year-old Suzanne LeBeau, of Santa Fe, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after the incident occurred about 11 a.m.

According to police, LeBeau was riding her bicycle north on the Santa Fe Rail Trail bike path, which parallels St. Francis at that point, when she turned east on the path parallel with Zia Rd. The path crosses the train tracks.

LeBeau was struck by a southbound train leaving the city as she crossed the tracks.

Gates across Zia that block traffic, bells and light signals that warn of on oncoming trains were properly functioning and witnesses say that the conductor blew his horn several times prior to the train striking LeBeau. The gates do not cross the bike path or sidewalk.

Augusta Meyers, spokeswoman for the Mid-Region Council of Governments, said the train could not have been going faster than 30 mph while traveling within city limits.


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After the accident, the intersection of Zia and St. Francis was closed for about six hours while police investigated.

The approximately 100 people on board the train were bussed to the 599 station where they resumed their trip.