Rio Rancho Police Officers investigate a scene on northbound NM 528, where a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle early Tuesday morning.
A pair of shoes over 20 feet apart lie eerily on northbound NM 528, surrounded by a field of debris designated with sequential yellow field markers, Tuesday morning.
South of this scene on Barbara Loop, several officers can be seen guiding traffic through two detours.
According to Rio Rancho Police Capt. Andrew Rodriguez, the police were investigating a pedestrian-versus-vehicle crash that occurred about 7 a.m. Tuesday.
“The officers were actually trying to locate the male involved in the crash, as a result of a burglary call at the Walmart Neighborhood Market,” he said. “Police think the male may have been involved with the burglary but we have not confirmed that yet.”
Rodriguez said the male ran from the west side to the east side of NM 528, saw police trying to intercept him in the Smith’s Food and Drug store parking lot and quickly ran back toward the west side of the road. Before getting far, he was struck by a silver pickup heading northbound on NM 528.
“He had some pretty serious injuries and was airlifted to UNMH (University of New Mexico Hospital) in Albuquerque,” he said.
Police are still investigating the incident; there is no word on the injured male’s status.