A motorcyclist crashed and died while allegedly fleeing from law enforcement early Saturday morning (May 26) in Red River, casting a shadow over the third day of the annual Red River Memorial Day Motorcycle Rally.
Authorities identified the driver as 24-year-old Corey Gomez of Pueblo, Colorado, who had suffered "extensive injuries" and was pronounced dead on the scene, according to Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe.
Hogrefe said Deputy Tim Boren of the Red River Marshal's Office spotted Gomez speeding westbound around the 200 block of Main Street in Red River just after 1 a.m. this morning.
Boren switched on his lights and sirens, but Gomez allegedly accelerated, ran several stop signs and disappeared from the deputy's view.
Several minutes later, Red River Dispatch received a call regarding a possible crash at the 1200 block of Main Street.
Taos County Sheriff's deputies responded to the site of the accident and interviewed the witness who had made the call. They hadn't seen the crash but had heard the distinct sound of a motorcycle accident, they told the deputies.
Searching the wooded river bank on the south side of the highway, deputies found the motorcycle and its driver, Gomez, who appeared to have been ejected when the motorcycle left the roadway. Both the motorcycle and driver landed in the river.
The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator pronounced Gomez dead on the scene.
Members of the Red River Fire Department assisted in the recovery of both the victim and the motorcycle.
The Colorado man did not appear to have been wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, Hogrefe said. Speeding and possible drug or alcohol impairment may have been other factors in the crash, according to Hogrefe, but any determination is pending the return of a toxicology report from OMI.
Participants in the rally, as well as others on the road this weekend, are encouraged to drive cautiously and to not drink and drive.
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