LAPD Reminds Motorists And Pedestrians To Travel Safely Following Second Fatal Crash Of 2021

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD) investigated a fatal crash in White Rock on Sept. 20, involving a vehicle versus a pedestrian. 

The pedestrian victim was a 56-year-old female resident of White Rock.

The Department’s patrol division and crash reconstruction team responded to the scene. The investigation was forwarded to the 1st Judicial District Attorney’s Office for review.

Failure to Yield and Careless Driving moving violations were issued to the driver of the vehicle through the Magistrate Court with a mandatory court appearance. This event was another tragedy for our community. 

LAPD sends its condolences to the families of the people involved in this incident.

This is the second fatal crash in Los Alamos County this year. Charges are still pending in a May traffic crash that occurred on East Jemez earlier this year. The police department is awaiting evidence from the Scientific Laboratory Division (SLD) prior to moving forward with the May case. 

LAPS also has investigated several vehicles vs. cyclist crashes this year, two of which had severe injuries.

LAPD wishes to remind motorists and pedestrians to travel safely and asks drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to be courteous, aware, and obey traffic laws. 

LAPD has met with the Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets Division on strategies to improve traffic safety. 

Anyone with a specific traffic concerns should contact Cmdr. Oliver Morris at oliver.morris@lacnm.us

Also, the time change will occur next month. Having more hours of darkness each day in the winter months means drivers need to be extra careful while driving and be alert for pedestrians. Dawn and dusk contribute to poor visibility, and those peak sunlight glares will be changing over the next month. Please use caution during these times and utilize sunglasses, visors and keep windshields clean. 

LAPD has deployed speed monitoring signs and will be using that DATA to prioritize traffic enforcement.  “Please partner with us in keeping our community safe.” -LAPD

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