New video after ex-Albuquerque policeman is accused in deadly hit-and-run

Rodney Locke
Rodney Locke

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque Police released video on Thursday from the investigation into a former officer accused in the deadly hit-and-run crash of a woman in a wheelchair in September.

Police found Rodney Locke at his home the night of the crash after witnesses took down his license plate.

Witnesses described a truck on Louisiana near Lomas that hit and killed a woman in her wheelchair, Kay Moss-Freese, as she moved in the road along the curb.

“There was two cars coming and the truck started to get in that lane,” a witness told police. “He changed his mind all of a sudden.”

At 11:30 p.m., a witness said the driver stopped before leaving the scene.

“Did he get out of his truck?” an officer asked.

“He got out of his truck. I even said something to him,” the witness responded.

The suspect’s license plate number led police to a home less than a mile away, the home of Rodney Locke.

A man police recognized because Locke was previously an APD officer for 30 years.

“My camera’s on,” an officer told Locke. “They gave your plate out on a crash up the street.”

In hushed tones, Locke started talking.

“You know, I’m just going down the street. I don’t know what’s going on here,” Locke said, shrugging. “I don’t know what happened. I’m just going down the road, and I don’t know what happened.”

The officer surveyed the damage seen on Locke’s truck.

“I know I hit something, but I don’t know what,” Locke said.

He never said anything about stopping at the scene, but police say he did admit to drinking three or four beers at a bar.

He refused a breath test. Police took a blood sample instead.

Locke is charged now for leaving the scene of an accident. More charges, like for DWI, will depend on blood test results, which KRQE News 13 has been told are still pending.

The officer that first arrived to Locke’s home said the two had known each other for a long time.

That officer waited for another to arrive and handle the investigation and Locke’s arrest.

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