ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It’s a patch of road that a motorcyclist says unnecessarily caused him to crash, totaled his bike and sent him to the hospital.
Just by listening to cars, trucks and buses driving along Lomas just south of the I-40 overpass, you can hear there’s something wrong with the road.
“It’s unacceptable,” Rafael Gonzales told KRQE News 13.
Late Saturday night, Gonzales says he and his motorcycle fell prey to the large, deep cracks in this spot of road. He was coming home from a friend’s house, making the curve down Lomas to head west toward Wyoming when he suddenly found himself in the air.
“I was confused,” he said. “I was just really confused and not knowing what happened…all of sudden just launched in the air out of nowhere and it’s a very terrifying thing to be on motorcycle launched in the air like that.”
Bruised and bloodied, he ended up in the hospital for several hours as doctors checked him out.
“My eye is still blurry, looking out of my left eye,” he said. “My ribs are still pretty sore. Could have been a lot worse, but it’s still pretty painful.”
Gonzales says he didn’t see it coming and had no time to react.
KRQE News 13 talked to employees at the Duke City Harley Davidson dealership, which happens to be right where the accident happened. Employees say the divots in the road have been there for years – never fixed and slowly growing. They said they’ve seen too many near-crashes to count, making Gonzales’ accident not at all shocking.
“Those should be filled for us biker community to be safe and drive safe and not have to deal with injuries like this that are preventable,” Gonzales said.
KRQE News 13 called the City of Albuquerque, who said the responsibility instead belongs to the Department of Transportation.
The DOT later sent KRQE News 13 this statement:
This particular area is a place where the city and state’s jurisdictions meet and our crews may have overlapped on performing maintenance duties there.
Both the city and state will jointly look into this area in question more closely to come to a prompt resolution. The safety of the traveling public is both the City and State’s top priority.”