Lightning Kills Motorcycle Driver On US Highway 64
Submitted by Carol A. Clark
RIO ARRIBA COUNTY – At approximately 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 1, officers from the New Mexico State Police responded to the scene of a single motorcycle crash. This crash occurred at mile marker 202 on US Highway 64 west of Tres Piedras.
The initial investigation revealed a 2007 Honda motorcycle was traveling eastbound on US 64 when the driver, identified as Juan Trujillo, 37, of Los Ojos was struck by lightning. Trujillo was not wearing a helmet. He sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator.
A subsequent autopsy confirmed the cause of death as a lightning strike. This crash is still under investigation.