A 57-year-old Santa Fe man died Saturday night when he was struck by a vehicle on St. Francis Drive.

The crash occurred around 11 p.m. near the Natural Grocers store, Santa Fe police Lt. Thomas Grundler said.

Police have identified the victim but aren't releasing his name until relatives are notified.

The driver of the vehicle "was not intoxicated," said Grundler, who added: "It looks like it was pedestrian error."

(10) comments

Sky Kaly

😰 I noticed the bus stop is located near that intersection. Was he using public transportation? I noticed the protective bus shelter was removed. Why? Does anyone from our state legislature or mayor or Governor know what it is like to be outside in the rain, snow, windy day waiting for public transportation? St. Francis Street is under out state road engineers department; not the city of Santa Fe. I use to also try and cross the street from a location at Columbia St and St. Francis (near the Luisa Senior Center) and requested a traffic caution light because when you take the bus and get off at that bus stop the traffic/drivers are always over the speed limit. Way too dangerous for anyone at any age trying to cross the street. The intersection where the pedestrian was hit is the same; including where the train track light is located. I gave up calling the police to catch the speeders. The state could post caution pedestrian signs and a yellow flashing light in and around the bus stops and closer to the intersection. Please return the shelters at the bus stops;fix the street at the down town bus terminal. I always wondered

why the public transportation department in 2014 did not use their budget to redesign and build a new terminal bus stop over by The Santa Fe Place Mall. What happened to all of that money?

Katherine Martinez

Factor in the 4 foot high weeds that attack your vehicle either at the intersections or at the medians, AND the previous stories regarding the homeless/pan-handlers on these narrow strips and it's a lost cause. Where is Jeeves?

Khal Spencer

Hard to say what happened without a police report, but the rampant speeding on St. Francis, coupled with darkness, ain't a good situation. I don't recall rampant weeds there, though. Or panhandlers except at the intersection.

Khal Spencer

Seems like pedestrian error is the default. Its OK for traffic engineers to build city streets that are lethal to anyone not in an armored vehicle and then blame the pedestrian for getting killed. St. Francis, Cerrillos, St. Michaels, and similar streets are vulnerable-user death waiting to happen. Maybe if we kill the Archbishop or Mayor or some other important person, someone with the power to effect change will give a flying bleep.

Vision Zero. Look it up.

Margaret Eyler

Between Trader Joes and Burger King on St. Francis you can identify a dozen people high on God knows what, ranting at the sky and wandering around in and out of the street at any time of day. You're a fool. I'll go ahead and flag your "Kill em all" comment.

Barbara Chamberlin

Well said.

Spencer Windes

It's not pedestrian error when you design a terrible intersection that sees traffic moving at 50+ miles an hour, in an area full of walkable destinations -- groceries, restaurants, offices etc. I live near here and because of the terrible way this intersection is set up, I've almost been hit several times, usually by right turners. It was inevitable that this would happen. Santa Fe doesn't care about pedestrians. The only priority is never creating "traffic" that might in any way keep drivers from flying across the city at maximum speed. In a small, dense, walkable city like this, there's no excuse for intersections like St. Francis and Cordova beyond a dangerous neglect by the city to do its duty to all its citizens, not just those behind the wheel.

Garrett Shaw


Khal Spencer

Spot on, Sir. Spot on.

Sky Kaly

I agree

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