Santa Teresa, NM (KDBC) — A bicyclist was killed Saturday morning on Pete Domenici Highway in Santa Teresa after he was hit by a United States Border Patrol agent.
The victim has been identified as Floyd Hancock, 47, who is from El Paso. The driver is identified as Anthony Aragon, 29, also from El Paso. He was driving a pickup truck.
The accident happened at 7:40 a.m. Saturday. According to New Mexico State Police Spokesperson Sgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez, Aragon and Hancock were traveling west in the right lane. Aragon said he saw Hancock and said he had enough room to pass, but said Hancock swerved to the left and that is when he hit him.
Aragon stopped, called 9-1-1 and began performing CPR. Hancock was taken to the hospital where he later died. Gutierrez said Hancock's wife was notified.
The Assistant District Attorney has also been notified. According to New Mexico state law, a bicyclist should ride as far as possible to the right, which meant the victim had approximately six to seven feet left of the strip.
Investigators said Aragon was not texting or talking on his cell phone at the time of the crash.