News 13 has obtained the dashcam video and report from a crash on a snowy December day that killed a Sandoval County sergeant. In their findings, police place some blame on the driver who hit him.
State Police and the SCSO were investigating several crashes along I-25 near the San Felipe Pueblo on Dec. 5 around 10:20 a.m. SCSO Sgt. Robert Baron was on scene.
In dashcam video, viewers can see Baron walking along the shoulder of I-25 north. Moments later, he was struck by a Toyota Corolla as it skidded out of control. Witnesses told police Baron was thrown 15 feet into the air before he hit the pavement.
A trained EMT from Arizona was in a vehicle traveling behind the Toyota. She and several others rushed to the sergeant’s aide.
Baron suffered a severe head injury. He was rushed to UNM Hospital in Albuquerque where he died the next day.
According to the police report, the driver of the Toyota, Hua Zhang, was driving with the flow of traffic. Zhang told investigators he was driving about 30 miles an hour because his car had already slid several times along the icy road. Zhang said he was surprised to see Baron on the side of the highway, so he hit his brakes. According to the police report, Zhang then lost control of his car.
State Police concluded Zhang was driving too fast in icy conditions, and he failed to yield to a stopped emergency vehicle.
The case has been sent to the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s office. A representative for the DA’s office said they’re still reviewing it, and haven’t decided if Zhang will be charged.