Road Rage Case Remains Unsolved

by Staff Reporter / Feb 15, 2018 / comments
NM 502 near turnoff towards Espanola. Valley Daily Post photo

Road Rage Case Remains Unsolved


Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office continues to look for a white Jeep Wrangler involved in a Feb. 1 road rage incident in which 40-year-old Los Alamos National Laboratory employee was shot in the head while traveling home from Los Alamos to Santa Fe on N.M. 502 between the N.M. 30 turn off for Espanola and Pojoaque High School.

SFCSO Public Relations Officer Juan Rios said despite extensive publicity on the incident, the driver involved has not been identified.

“We have had some calls but so far nothing has panned out. If you see something, please report it to law enforcement immediately. Write down the license plate number and turn it in. Law enforcement can follow up afterwards,” Rios said.

The incident occurred at around 6 p.m. The victim told deputies he merged onto N.M. 502 and was driving behind a white Jeep Wrangler with a Marine Corps veteran plate. SFCSO reports indicate that the driver of the Jeep then pulled over at the intersection of N.M. 502 and N.M. 30 and stayed there until the victim drove by at which point he returned to N.M.502 behind the victim’s vehicle.

Eventually the Jeep slowed down and the driver allegedly said he heard two loud pops, which he was pretty sure were gunshots. He accelerated and drove to the Phillips 66 service station in Pojoaque and called 911. He was transported to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe.

The victim told them he felt as if he had been punched in the head and deputies said there was blood on his hands from holding his head and that they found pieces of broken glass in his hair. He suffered a fractured skull and had a bullet partially lodged between his scalp and skull. He has returned home following surgery and continues to recover.

Anyone with information can contact the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office investigators at 505.428.3720 or any law enforcement agency.