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Speed a factor in fatal motorcycle crash on Tramway, police say

Kassi Nelson
October 12, 2017 06:11 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Police say a motorcyclist drove 100 miles per when he crashed on Tramway Boulevard Wednesday night. When a KOB news crew arrived at the scene, there was a group of motorcyclists looking on at the deadly wreck.

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Before this crash, Bernalillo County sheriff's deputies were already investigating that stretch of Tramway where a group of riders doing stunts encountered a deputy who pulled his gun. Police say they don't believe the two groups are connected.

Police have not released the name of the victim in Wednesday's crash, but friends of the victim said he was a man in his early 20s with a wife and a baby on the way. They said he loved his bike and loved to go fast, and this is a loss the whole motorcycle community will feel.

One friend, Junior Nieto, was there Thursday picking up the pieces.

"Just to have memoirs and pieces of what we love what he loved, it's all we got left," Nieto said.

Police say the rider was going two times the posted speed limit when he lost control. The investigation of what exactly happened is ongoing, but Nieto said speed is what his friend was known for. The bike he was on -- an R1000 track bike -- was built for speed.

"He loved going fast," he said.

It's something that makes Gregory Martino uneasy. He lives off of Tramway and Rover, and he said he woke up to the sound of the crash. He said he often hears motorcyclists speeding behind his house.

"I wasn't surprised," he said. "It was just inevitable that it was going to happen."

Tramway is the same road where a group of bikers was caught on video popping wheelies and driving recklessly, according to the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office. But Nieto said it's not just motorcycles who use this road for a rush.

"It's a straightaway and there's not a lot of potholes," he said. "It's like one of the best streets we have, so it's like of course people are going to open up their bikes, their cars, everything up here."

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