ATV accident has neighbor questioning Zozobra safety

SANTA FE (KRQE) – Old Man Gloom burned away Friday night as a massive crowd cheered on, but an unhappy neighbor of Fort Marcy Park wants it to be the last time it happens near her home.

That woman, who asked not to be named, said an incident involving her neighbor has her questioning the location and overall safety of Zozobra.

In an email to Santa Fe’s City Councilors and Mayor, she writes that her neighbor was run over by an ATV on Wednesday. The driver of the ATV was setting up safety fencing at Fort Marcy Park.

The woman writes in the email that the City needs to “reconsider this event and move it to a safer location.”

The email was sent the day after the accident, on Thursday. The woman calls for the City to halt the event, which took place as planned.

“Number one, our first priority is safety,” Event Chairman Raymond Sandoval said in response to the email. “And number two, is to lessen the impact or burden on the neighbors of Fort Marcy.”

Sandoval calls the incident with the woman who was run over an unfortunate, horrible accident. He was on scene moments after the accident and held the woman’s hand as 911 was called. He said his thoughts go out to her for a speedy recovery.

But, as for a new location, he said “Zozobra’s not going anywhere. Fort Marcy is Zozobra’s home.”

For the first time this year, the entire Fort Marcy was supposed to be closed off for the entire week leading  up to Zozobra, to prevent accidents, like this one, from happening.

The City, however, kept it open for public access to the Fort Marcy recreational complex because the City’s other activity center is currently closed for repairs.

Even so, Sandoval asks neighbors to remember that Zozobra has been around long before their homes were built in the Fort Marcy area.

“We think that it’s not an undue burden to ask residents to give us a week so that way we can properly prepare for this amazing cultural experience for the state of New Mexico,” he said.

Police were called the scene of the ATV accident. Sandoval said the driver of the ATV was not cited.

Sandoval said the entire Fort Marcy complex should be closed, as it was planned to be this year, next September. 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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