Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson pleads no contest to hit-and-run crash

Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson
Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Former Governor Bill Richardson entered a no contest plea Friday for a hit-and-run crash he was accused of being involved in earlier this year.

Richardson will have to write a letter of apology, take a defensive driving course, serve 90 days of probation and pay $56 in court costs.

According to a Santa Fe police report, Richardson claims that he did not know he had hit someone and he said, “I think it was like a little hit.” However, the other driver claims that her vehicle was struck two times and the second hit was hard enough to send her into the intersection. The driver also said that she pulled onto Marcy Street and got out of her vehicle when she saw a yellow Jeep driving off.

Police later caught up with Richardson and cited him for the incident. Richardson was charged with following too closely and failing to report an accident after. The charge for following too close was later dropped. 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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