Lawmaker says road “improvement” caused a rash of motorcycle crashes
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (BIKER DAD)–One lawmaker says a road “improvement” caused a rash of motorcycle crashes. Three bikers have crashed along the same New Mexico road. Each of the bikers slid off the road and down a cliff on the road. And it’s all happened within a month. At least one of the crashes was deadly.
“He drove around a corner, and all of a sudden, he wasn’t in front of them no more,” Zantaysah Deleone told KRQE about the death of her best friend. “They turned around, and he was off the side of the mountain.” 25-year-old Jessie “Jay” Baldonado had just found out hew was going to be a father.
Another rider told the TV station she crashed along Sandia Crest Road too. “As soon as I knew, I turned around this rear corner, and my tire came out from under me,” Jessica Taylor said. “I tried to correct it, and the next thing I knew, I was tumbling down a cliff,” she told KRQE.
The bikers and a lawmaker thing the crashes are due to a road project. New Mexico Department of Transportation recently applied a fog seal to the road. One lawmaker who’s also a biker wants a full investigation into the crashes. NMDOT says it’s just routine maintenance. You can see KRQE’s full report in the video box above.
The scenic road is popular with bikers who now want at least a warning sign installed.