New Mexico hit-and-run driver still on the loose

On behalf of Law Office of Matthew Vance, P.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Friday, June 15, 2012

A $2,000 reward is being offered to anyone who can provide information concerning an unknown vehicle that struck and killed a New Mexico man earlier this month. The pedestrian accident occurred on June 1 before 9:30 p.m. Authorities know very little about the vehicle that struck and killed the man and are relying on the public's help in tracking it down.

According to police, a 53-year-old man from Tortugas, New Mexico, which is south of Albuquerque, was struck by a vehicle as he crossed a street just west of Las Cruces. The man died as a result of the collision.

Police believe that the vehicle that hit the man was traveling eastbound on Picacho Avenue and was headed into Las Cruces. The driver of the vehicle did not stop to render aid or call the authorities. Penalties for fatal hit-and-runs are much more severe than those cases in which the driver stops and addresses the situation.

Investigators with the Dona Ana County sheriff's office scoured the scene for any evidence and discovered an emblem from a Chevrolet near the site of the crash. Though the emblem was found near the scene, authorities have yet to confirm if the vehicle was a Chevrolet. Both the sheriff's office and the New Mexico State Police are investigating the crash.

The man's family no doubt wants to find the driver who caused the accident. Even if the driver was not at fault, fleeing the scene only hurts your credibility with police once you are tracked down. The consequences of being found later will only be worse than if you stopped to render aid. It could have saved the man's life.

Source: Las Cruces Sun-News, "Crime Stoppers seeks info on Picacho fatal hit-and-run," June 4, 2012