Bad driving has taken toll on pedestrians
After a festive evening spent viewing a display of holiday lights, Aditya Bhattacharya and his family were crossing a street to head home.
Then a driver blew past a red light, slamming into him and his 7-year-old son, Pronoy.
“I took one step; that’s the last thing I remember,” said Bhattacharya, 45. “When I regained consciousness, all I could hear was my wife sitting on the sidewalk, screaming, ‘Pronoy’s dead.’ ”
The boy’s death at an Albuquerque crosswalk in December, and the seven-week search to find the driver, jolted many people in this part of the West to the grim count of pedestrian deaths, which began surging in New Mexico and other states in 2020.