Santa Fe police on Friday arrested and charged a man with an open count of murder in connection with a road rage incident on Rufina Street.

Eleazar Flores-Torres, 47, is also charged with aggravated battery, abuse of a child, accidents involving death or personal injuries, and duty to give information and render aid, police said.

Officers were dispatched around 5:10 p.m. to Rufina Street between Zafarano Drive and Richards Avenue for a crash involving a pedestrian.

When they arrived, they found a 32-year-old man had been struck by a vehicle. The victim later was pronounced dead at a hospital.

As of Friday night, police had yet to release the victim’s name.

Police continue to investigate, and anyone with information on the crash is urged to call Detective Luke Wakefield at 505-955-5406.

(12) comments

Dee Vigil

Sending my heartful prayers & condolences to the family of the young man who died in this terrible tradgedy.

Why does every single comment in these stories have to turn political or be about yourselves?! Where is the humanity & compassion for this senseless loss of life?! Not one single comment thinks about the loss the victim or their family are dealing with right now. All you people care to do is fight & argue at any opportunity given. In this type of story, maybe sometimes its just better not to comment!

Khal Spencer

Simple solution. Don't read the comments. Murder is political if it is your town. No one wants to be washing blood off the streets.

Lynn k Allen

Is this related to increased drugs - like fentynal?

Has the drug enforcement & education getting better?

Hobbus Hobbiason

Nice town we have here.

Russell Scanlon

You can’t fix mean and stupid.

Khal Spencer

Indeed. Will be interesting to hear the investigation.

Khal Spencer

Too much rage and too little self control in this country nowdays. We can't blame "the administration" for this as it is happening everywhere. We gotta start holding the guy or gal we see in the mirror accountable.

Spencer Windes

There it is, the fourth death to vehicular violence in Santa Fe in two week. The fifth, if you count the mother bear also run down. This is insane. When will are elected leaders act? When will enforcement of traffic laws start? When will we change our streets, our policies, and our attitudes? Imagine four murders in Santa Fe every two weeks -- we'd have a murder tally higher than Albuquerque's. But we put up with it because it's "just cars". We don't have to though.

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Charlotte Rowe

How is your remark relevant to a story about a trashy Santa Fean who uses his vehicle to express an infantile tantrum, Richard? Do you even understand context and topical appropriateness? I guess not, based on history of posting nonsense.

Dan Lewis

So true Charlotte. Nonsense is right.

Emily Koyama

He's making a valid point about priorities at City Hall, and public safety has not been high on the list for the Mayor, from where I sit.

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Stefanie Beninato

Thanks, Charlotte. And Richard what about personal responsibility? IS the government supposed to provide us all with nannies to look over us or to keep mentally unstable people from acting out? You will not see any change with Vigil Coppler IMHO. She just want more banners and keep using the excuse that she doesn't get the material or does not understand it (right!).

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