Suzanne LeBeau was an experienced bicyclist, say neighbors and friends, and they and cycling advocates don’t understand what led the Santa Fe woman to ride in front of a Rail Runner Express passenger train at the Zia Road rail crossing, where she was struck and killed Saturday morning.
Santa Fe police say LeBeau, a 60-year-old property management consultant, was riding her bicycle northbound on the Santa Fe Rail Trail west of St. Francis Drive, which mostly parallels the railroad tracks until just south of Zia Road — near the still unused Zia Station — where the trail crosses the railroad tracks. Red, flashing signal lights, bells and security arms warn of oncoming trains and block Zia Road vehicular traffic, although the crossing gates don’t physically block pedestrians or bicyclists from continuing onto the tracks.
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