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Off Road Vehicle Kills Child, Who Is Accountable? Where is Tim Keller?

Daniel Klein - freelance Updated: December 14, 2021 11:33 AM Posted: December 14, 2021 08:34 AM

A seven year old boy is dead, killed while he legally crossed Central Ave with his parents after visiting the River of Lights display.

The River of Lights is probably the second largest attraction (after the Balloon Fiesta) that Albuquerque puts on every year. It is nationally recognized as one of the ten best winter displays in the entire nation.

Which makes me ask the following questions:

Why have Mayor Tim Keller and APD Chief Harold Medina not appeared publicly to speak about this tragedy? It’s now been two days and neither has appeared publicly to speak about this horrible incident.

Where are the members of the city council? This horrific incident happened at the borders of council district 1 (Lan Sena), district 2 (Ike Benton) and district 3 (Klarissa Pena). So where are they? Why haven’t they made any public appearance regarding the death of this child and demanding that APD find the resources to assign officers outside of the River of Lights?

Where is Raul Torrez? As Bernalillo County District Attorney he is the chief law enforcement officer for our city. Why hasn’t he appeared publicly to speak about this incident?

If our public officials can’t get outraged about a 7-year-old child being killed, what does that say about our city? Have incidents such as these just become the norm?

In the past, the River of Lights always had APD officers patrolling outside the venue, who made the decision not to have them patrolling now?

Did APD make this decision because they don’t have any officers to assign? Some truth from APD regarding their staffing levels would be refreshing.

Why did APD command decide that police officers were not needed outside of the River of Lights for traffic control, when in the past they were always there?

On Monday night, 24 hours after the child was struck and killed, there were still no APD officers assigned to patrol outside the River of Lights! Why? There were only two security guards standing at Tingley and Central. Just what are the security guards supposed to do? They have no legal authority to act. Where are the APD officers?

What does Chief Medina plan to do in the future? Is all we can expect is two civilian security guards standing at Tingley and Central? Is that really providing protection for the visitors at River of Lights?

News reports have stated that citizens have been complaining about off road vehicles, and other drivers, creating traffic chaos all over town, but especially on Central Ave, so why hasn’t APD been cracking down on these people?

If Mayor Keller and the others ever decide to come out of hiding they need to be asked, is Albuquerque a completely lawless city? Why do these criminals not fear getting caught and prosecuted? And without finger pointing (Harold and Raul) just what the hell are you going to do about this?

If you are outraged by the death of this child and the lack of any response from our elected and appointed officials, please let them know how you feel. Keep it respectful, but let them know you demand a safer community. That is their job. Since Mayor Keller took his family to the border to cry for those children, shouldn’t he be doing the same for the child victims of Albuquerque who have died during his time as mayor?

Mayor Tim Keller

505 768 3000

Email the Mayor — City of Albuquerque (

Twitter: Mayor Tim Keller@MayorKeller

APD Chief Harold Medina

505 768 2200 PIO Gilbert Gallegos

Twitter: Albuquerque Police Department@ABQPOLICE

District Attorney Raul Torrez

505 222 1099 PIO Lauren Rodriguez

Twitter: Bernalillo County District Attorney @BerncoDA

Albuquerque City Council

Contact Your City Councilor — City of Albuquerque (

505 768 3100

Council District 1 Lan Sena Elaine Romero her assistant

505 768 3183

Lan Sena@Sena4ABQ

Council District 2 Ike Benton

Email at “contact your city councilor”

505 768 3332

Twitter: Issac IkeBenton@IkeBenton

Council District 3 Klarissa Pena

Email at “contact your city councilor”

505 768 3127

Twitter: Klarissa Pena@Klarissajpena

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