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Two more cyclists hurt in accidents

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.

In other incidents, a bicyclist earlier this month was hit in the East Mountains by what sheriff’s deputies suspect was a large truck, though no suspects have been arrested. Michael Wolff, 56, died from his injuries on June 16.

A bicyclist, identified as 41-year-old Joseph Salazar, was hit and killed by the Rail Runner on Monday in Santa Fe.

“It’s getting out of control … it’s a mess, and it’s making cyclists paranoid,” said cyclist advocate Jennifer Buntz of the Duke City Wheelmen Foundation. “The most important thing is for everybody on the road to pay attention. That takes a vigilance that most drivers of any vehicle don’t maintain, and I think that’s the root of our problem on the road.”

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