A pair of motorcyclists headed in opposite directions crashed into one another Sunday afternoon on N.M. 14 near Madrid, critically injuring one of the riders and shutting down the roadway.

"Both motorcycles were negotiating a curve in the roadway when they struck each other head on," Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office spokesman Juan Ríos said. "Fourteen was closed in both directions for at least two hours."

The crash occurred around 3:30 p.m. as 43-year-old Raymond Renfrow was headed north on a Suzuki and 27-year-old Rodolfo Cano-Montoya was headed south on a Harley-Davidson, Ríos said.

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash, which is still under investigation.

Ríos said Cano-Montoya was taken by helicopter to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque with critical injuries and Renfrow was taken by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for injuries that were not life-threatening.

(4) comments

Dan Frazier

Obviously somebody was in the wrong lane. But satellite images of this stretch of road suggest that a center stripe is either missing, or barely visible in many places.

Khal Spencer

If its the sharp curve just south of Madrid on the crest of that little climb, that is tricky. Possibly one or both overcooked the curve and were taking a line through the middle of the road with a hard lean. But that is conjecture. I rarely see Harley riders dragging a footpeg through there. Not sure the Suzuki is a sportbike or a cruiser. No info in the article.

ba hop

I was in the mile long traffic backup waiting for an hour to clear this mess. it was on the next sharp curve south, at the crest before heading down towards the straight away on to Golden... looked like they met in the middle & the suzuki definitely lost -as confirmed by the article. I was quite sure in the moment that it felt like death had visited.

I live on 14 near the Sandia Crest Rd. my weekends are usually filled w/ sirens as race car wannabes lose their lives... survival of the fittest- at work...

Khal Spencer

That sounds like the curve I imagined it might be, ba hop. Could you tell where the crash occurred, i.e., northbound or southbound lane or right in the middle?

Yeah, its fun to push the envelope on those mountain roads. That is, until the envelope pushes back and you have to get scraped up off the road. I almost kissed the front of a pickup truck my first year here after moving to New Mexico from Hawaii. I was descending NM 4 into Los Alamos on my road racing bicycle in one of those "hold my beer" acts, had my upper body over the centerline leaning into a fast left curve, and looked up to see Mr. Henry Ford about to greet me, head on. Got back over the center line and made it back down to change shorts. I owed that motorist an apology as he probably had a white knuckle moment as well. I didn't ever do that again.

Hope and pray that both riders recover completely.

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