On Saturday, September 5, a motorcycle accident in Guadalupe County claimed the life of a former Santa Fe police officer who had just completed service with the department less than a year ago.
According to police, Louis A. Montoya, 59, was riding northbound on NM 91 at about 5:00 pm when he veered into the southbound lane. His motorcycle went onto the shoulder of the road and collided with the embankment, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.
A statement by police found Montoya was not wearing a helmet, but alcohol was not suspected to play a role.
A spokesman for the Santa Fe Police Department said Montoya handled efforts within the Citizens Police Academy to bridge the gap between the public and police. The program sought to educate citizens about the work of law enforcement agencies and the challenges officers face, including use of force, traffic investigations, domestic violence, and crime scene investigation.
Montoya also worked with the Crime Prevention Unit in conjunction with block captains and neighborhood groups to raise awareness and establish Block Watch Groups.
Montoya belonged to a recreational motorcycle group called the 505 Baggers, who often raised money for charities.
He was one of seven deaths in traffic fatalities over the Labor Day weekend in New Mexico. Two other motorcyclists were killed in San Juan County after failing to stop at a stop sign. On Sunday, two truck drivers were killed in a head-on collision.
Helmets have been found to prevent about 37% of motorcycle deaths. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 39% of motorcyclists killed were not wearing helmets. While helmet use can reduce injuries and prevent some deaths, motorcycle accidents are often fatal and many are the result of careless drivers who do not pay attention to motorcyclists on the road, although this was not the case in Montoya’s accident.
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