Motorcyclist dies in overnight crash

RUIDOSO, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico State Police officers responded to a fatal motorcycle crash overnight on State Road 349 near mile post 7.

The driver of the motorcycle, who died at the scene, was identified as Avelio Padilla of Las Cruces.

Police say Padilla was traveling west when he crashed. He was not wearing a helmet and alcohol does appear to be a factor in the incident.

No other vehicles or people were hit. 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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