Family searches for answers in fatal hit-and-run

Michael Wolff

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The family of a bicyclist who was killed by a hit-and-run driver wants to know who would do such a thing, and they’re hoping the public can help.

A small memorial has popped up along old Route 66 near Tijeras marking the spot where a passerby found 56-year-old Michael Wolff. Deputies say the Edgewood man was riding his bicycle the evening of June 6 when he was hit by a larger, older-model Ford truck.

The driver kept going. Wolff was rushed to UNM Hospital.

Wolff underwent numerous surgeries and amputations before he died last weekend.

“I think Michael fought until the very last day, and I think at that point he decided enough is enough,” Mary Pierce, one of Wolff’s sister, told KRQE News 13.

In life his sisters say Wolff was independent, even with partial cerebral palsy. He was also fiercely private, and he devoted himself to helping others.

Now his family is asking the public for help in figuring out who left their brother to die.

“If it’s an accident, it’s an accident, and we would have understood that,” Susan Wolff, another sister of Wolff’s, said.

A few tips have trickled in, but deputies say they haven’t panned out.

Investigators believe Wolff was hit by a larger model truck, similar to a propane delivery or septic truck.

Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department says the driver of the truck could face vehicular homicide charges.

Wolff’s services are scheduled for July 11 in Albuquerque. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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