ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Two bicyclists were seriously injured after being hit by vehicles in separate instances – one Thursday night, and the other Friday morning – the most recent in a spate of such crashes this month.
On Thursday night, 36-year-old Robert Duran allegedly hit a bicyclist with his black Dodge Charger on Montaño at Fourth Street around 5:30 p.m. and fled, driving down Griegos NW with a smashed windshield and passing cars on the right shoulder before he was apprehended at Los Griegos Library, according to the Albuquerque Police Department.
The victim was critically injured, suffering a fractured leg, internal bleeding and “severe” head trauma, according to an APD spokeswoman.
An APD officer said that Duran smelled like alcohol and that he performed poorly on field sobriety tests, according to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court. APD said he smoked marijuana and drank alcohol before driving, and police found marijuana, a pipe and a grinder in his car.
He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with death or great bodily harm, possession of drugs and paraphernalia, driving while intoxicated and reckless driving. He was held in the county jail on $8,750 bail.
Early Friday, a garbage truck hit a bicyclist near Yale and Lomas, severely injuring the cyclist’s leg, according to APD. A spokeswoman didn’t respond to a request for more information later Friday, and it’s unclear what caused the crash.