The man who died in Monday's fatal car crash at St. Francis Drive and San Mateo Road has been identified as an 87-year-old Santa Fe man.

The crash occurred around noon when a 2015 GMC Sierra struck a 2002 Saab 9-3, killing its driver, Paul Bedell.

A man driving behind Bedell told police the car was headed east on San Mateo Road and was making a left turn onto northbound St. Francis Drive on a green arrow. He then saw a pickup run a red light and hit Bedell's car, according to a Santa Fe police report.

Michael Fidel, the driver of the pickup, told police he believed he had the green light as he was driving south through the intersection.

"No charges have been filed at this time, but the investigation is ongoing," Santa Fe police spokesman Greg Gurulé said.

The passenger in the car, Joan Bedell, 92, was taken to a hospital, according to the crash report. The severity of her injuries was unknown.

Fidel was not taken to a hospital, according to the crash report.

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Paul Chadwick

I am simply amazed at times in Santa Fe when I am able to clear an intersection on yellow how many vehicles behind me will also pass through the intersection, clearly on the red. It appears to be common practice and, sadly, can lead to fatalities. It is not the fault of the intersection. It's the drivers.

William Craig

This dangerous intersection could easily be fixed with “no left turn” signs — left-turners should be directed to the nearby interchange at Saint Michaels Drive. This would also help the nearby Siringo/Saint Francis intersection that is equally dangerous and accident-prone.

Paul Chadwick

As I read the report in this article, the accident could have happened even if the car was going straight or turning right.

D. Stark

I think it best to simply avoid traveling on St. Francis at any point. Everyone drives so fast on that road (as they do on Cerrillos and multiple other roads in Santa Fe). It’s madness.

Peggy O'Mara

I agree. I thought age was a factor, but it is the common practice of running red lights.

Patricia Greathouse

I don’t like the headline. It implies two things: that Bedell was a fault, and that his age was the cause. If we’re to believe the reporting, a better headline would be, ‘In Fatal Accident, Oncoming Driver Ran Red Light’.

Elizabeth Pettus

The headline implies the victim is the perpetrator. Both men were drivers.

Paul Dirdak Wendy Pomeroy

I know Paul Bedell, and I’ll use the past tense when I’m good and ready. His was a quick smile, a strong laugh and always a ripping-good story. Generous as the day is long. Loves good food and drink because his son’s a great cook. Doted on every family member and a widening circle of friends, and that’s often contagious so we all return the favor.

Shocked, disbelieving, mad, then shocked some more. Maybe I’ll never drive again. We’ll see.

I’m Paul Dirdak, the subscriber’s husband.

Cathy Rael

There are so many drivers that run the red light even after a couple of seconds...I don't get it...if you slow down on the yellow light the driver behind you get's mad...wait one or two minutes and you will be on your way again...This is truly a problem...

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