LAPD NEWS RELEASE
The Los Alamos Police Department investigated a fatal crash in White Rock on September 20th, 2021, involving a vehicle versus a pedestrian. The pedestrian victim was a 56-year-old female White Rock resident. 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. Our condolences go out 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. The Los Alamos Police have also investigated several vehicles vs. cyclist crashes this year, two of which had severe injuries.
The Los Alamos Police Department wishes to remind motorists and pedestrians to travel safely. We ask drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians to be courteous, aware, and obey traffic laws. LAPD has met with Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets on strategies to improve traffic safety. If you have specific traffic concerns, please contact Commander Oliver Morris firstname.lastname@example.org . Also, in one month, the time change will occur. 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 also deployed speed monitoring signs and will be using that DATA to prioritize traffic enforcement. Please partner with us in keeping our community safe.