Alcohol suspected in crash that leaves man fighting for life

Posted: October 13, 2011 in Uncategorized
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I borrowed (or stole depending on how you look at it) this Twitter pic from KOAT's Alana Greenfogel of a Thursday crash in 7300 block of Old Santa Fe Trail. Follow Alana on Twitter @alanagsantafe

A 45-year-old Santa Fe man was fighting for his life late Thursday after a truck he was a passenger in collided with a wooden utility pole in the 7300 block of Old Santa Fe Trail just southeast of El Gancho Way.

Police suspect alcohol was a factor in the single vehicle crash that involved three men in a late model GMC pickup around 3 p.m. Thursday.

Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Joe McLaughlin said the most critically-injured of the three men in the truck was a passenger who suffered severe head injuries and that were considered “potentially life threatening injuries.” He and another passenger — a 35-year-old man — were transported to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center for treatment. The 35-year-old had non-life threatening injuries, police say.

McLaughlin said when police arrived, the driver could not be found but open containers of beer were located in the truck. A short time later, however, another Sheriff’s Lieutenant stopped a 44-year-old man believed to be the driver walking along Interstate 25. He was detained and “smelled of alcohol,” McLaughlin said, but not charged while a blood test was pending late Thursday.

Names for the three men were not released late Thursday.

According to investigators, the truck was traveling southeast when it left the roadway along a long curve in the road, colliding head on with the utility pole. No other vehicles were involved.

And since I borrowed that pic above from Alana Greenfogel, the least we all could do is follow her on Twitter @alanagsantafe


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