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Santa Fe couple struck, injured by distracted driver

A Santa Fe woman and her husband were seriously injured when they were struck by a motorist on June 30, 2017. The couple is believed to have been crossing the street while walking within the crosswalk at the intersection of Griffin Street and Paseo de Peralta when the car collided with them.

When an officer with the Santa Fe Police Department arrived at the scene, they first tended to the pair, estimated to both be in their 40s or 50s. Police noted that the woman appeared to have suffered a head injury. She was airlifted from the crash scene by helicopter for treatment at the University of New Mexico's Hospital. It's unclear what type of injuries the woman's husband might have suffered.After tending to the victims, police turned their attention to the woman seen as being responsible for causing their injuries. In interviewing the woman, she told police that she didn't remember seeing the couple in the crosswalk before striking them. They, however, noted that there was certain evidence they uncovered that suggested that she might have been distracted at the time the crash occurred.Investigators with the Santa Fe Police Department have yet to disclose what they believe might have distracted the woman at the time of the crash. They also haven't elaborated as to whether the woman will receive any traffic citations for driving while distracted. They also are currently weighing whether they'll file criminal charges against the woman for having caused the pair's injuries.The area around the intersection where the accident occurred remained closed for several hours after the crash. During that time, investigators attempted to reconstruct the accident as workers attempted to remove the debris from the crash scene.Injuries where pedestrians are struck by cars often result in blunt force trauma to a victim's head, broken bones or death. If someone you know has been struck by a vehicle, you should consult a Los Lunas car accident attorney to find out what options may exist in terms of filing an injury claim.

Source: Santa Fe New Mexican, "Police: Two pedestrians injured in vehicle collision," accessed July 24, 2017

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