A 23-year-old Santa Fe man died Thursday night after rear-ending a vehicle that had stopped after hitting a deer, according to police.

Deputy Chief Paul Joye originally said the motorcyclist — Enrique Santiago Roybal — had struck the deer but later amended that to say Roybal struck the rear end of the 2004 Subaru Legacy driven by Susan Whittington, 62, of Española.

Joye said Whittington had stopped after striking the deer, but he had no further details Friday.

Roybal died at the scene on St. Francis Drive just south of the intersection with Alamo Drive, near Santa Fe National Cemetery. According to an initial crash report, the collision happened just after 9 p.m.

"The deer was injured but not killed and did have to be put down," Joye said. 

According to the report, Roybal was traveling at the posted speed limit, but police said they suspect he might have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Whittington was also going the speed limit, according to the crash report, and had not consumed alcohol.

(10) comments

Khal Spencer

"...north St. Francis Drive just south of the intersection with Alamo Drive, near the Santa Fe National Cemetery..."

Um. Someone check their facts. I think the limit there is either 40 or 45 mph. It doesn't go up to 55 mph until you are well north of Alamo Drive. I live here.

Khal Spencer

I suspect the crash might have happened just north of the Guadalupe offramp overpass, where the northbound highway goes up to 55 mph and the cemetery is directly on your right (east).

Manny Trollijo

I occasionally come and read articles here often and it seems like you always have to put your two cents into every thing. Seems like you are a lonely person with no job, no friends and no life. Some of your comments in the past were tasteless and in compassionate. You seem to lack empathy as a human being. Maybe you were raised badly. No one cares about what you think. You are not all mighty nor do you have the right to judge people and assume the worst in them. Go get a life.

Jim Klukkert

Manny, Khal and I are miles apart politically, but I find his comments most often merit intelligent attention. If he comes off as too chill on occasi0n, that may relate to his engineering background. Don't think for a minute that the guy is without heart, soul, compassion and some world experience.

I would encourage you Manny, to go after Khal on particular points of substance. A good interchange with Khal will either heighten your skills, or illuminate your shortcomings. Its all good for those of us in the struggle for Peace & Justice.

But please, do not admonish Khal to "Go get a life." Khal has one already, and we maybe should take note of that, as we set down the road towards Structural Change for Peace & Justice.

¡Solidarity, Brother!

Khal Spencer


Khal Spencer

Well, feel free to ignore my comments if you don't like them. As a matter of fact, I am a lifelong motorcyclist, having ridden street bikes for almost fifty years. My comment was about getting the facts correct in the article. If the police said the speed limit was 55 mph south of Alamo, that is just plain factually incorrect. Suggesting someone was going 55 mph south of Alamo suggests excessive speed.

It's really sad that this biker is dead but as my own Motorcycle Safety Foundation rider/coach once told us during an Advanced Rider Class, "Your motorcycle is always trying to kill you. Its your job to stop it from doing so."

May we all keep the shiny side up and the rubber side down.

Carlos Vasquez


Brenna Jackson

Who cares?!?!?!? My friend died. One of the sweetest people you could have ever met. Compassionate, loyal, beautiful... impeccable.

All of the people who care about him, would appreciate if you took who he was into consideration before posting.

They said he was following the speed limit. If that’s all you have to comment on, save it. We dont need these types of comments

Khal Spencer

If I had said something negative about the rider I could understand all the anger here. But I did not. Just wondered where the crash was and why the article said it was south of Alamo, where the speed limit is lower. Since I knew nothing about the rider, I said nothing.

May your friend rest in peace. Sometimes we are simply at the wrong place at the right time. My college friend John Wernle died on his bike and it was no fault of his own. He was an accomplished racer and things just got upside down. On a bike, there is little margin of error.


christopher quintana

I am sorry.

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