Mike Wilbur

ALBUQUERQUE FIRE RESCUE RIG STRIKES/KILLS PEDESTRIAN WHILE RESPONDING

An Albuquerque Fire Rescue engine struck and killed a pedestrian who was crossing a dark section of road outside a crosswalk on University near Lomas at about 2 a.m. Tuesday, according to police, abqjournal.com reported.

Police believe the crash was due to pedestrian error, and don’t believe alcohol was a factor, according to an Albuquerque Police spokesman, the report said.

The AFR vehicle, which was on its way with lights and sirens to a structure fire, was headed north on University from Lomas, according to the report.

The pedestrian — who has not been identified — was wearing dark clothes and “looking down” while crossing from the west to the east side of the road, the news release said, citing video footage reviewed at the scene, the report said.

The investigation is ongoing and speed evaluations are being conducted. No charges are currently pending, the news release said.

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