A motorcyclist died after a crash Wednesday evening with a Jeep between N.M. 599 and the Interstate 25 West Frontage Road.

The collision temporarily shut down the highway.

The Jeep had been exiting I-25 onto N.M. 599 at about 6:15 p.m. when the crash occurred, according to another driver who had witnessed the accident. Both vehicles were engulfed in flames.

“There were four older ladies in the Jeep,” said Delanne Reichard, who said the women got out after the crash. “The driver was crying, saying, ‘I killed that young man.’ ”

“She tried to save the motorcyclist. She tried to pull him away from the flames,” Reichard said. “It was the saddest thing I’ve seen.”

Police were still investigating late Wednesday.

(4) comments

Hans Holzscheiter

It will not help Andrew anymore, but one thing that should have been done long ago, and is so much more urgent now with this exit being used by many more cars through the time of construction at the interchange between NM 14 and I-25 a few miles north, is the installation of a traffic light on the west side interchange, just like it has been done from the beginning on the east side. Coming down from the interstate it is tricky to see traffic approaching from the east under the overpass. And that is probably what killed Andrew. Please do this immediately before the next accident occurs. And please, synchronize the lights or you will see people running the red light, making the situation worse. I feel the highway department is just as guilty in Andrew's death as the poor driver of the Jeep.

Khal Spencer

Coming back from the Sunport on Sunday, I saw the charred pavement. Looked haunting.

Carolyn DM

It seems 599 has become a death trap of sorts. How awful for the motorcyclist and for the driver of the other car.

Khal Spencer

Good God. That picture is chiling. Traffic screwups, when metal meets metal, are forever. Be careful out there, and always leave recovery room for mistakes.

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