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Pedestrian in parade-night accident dies; police continue investigation

The Raton Range of Raton, New Mexico

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The 78-year-old Raton man who was seriously injured when struck by an SUV in downtown Raton last weekend died Monday night at a Denver hospital.

Frank Hurtado was taken to Swedish Medical Center after the accident that occurred Saturday about 6 p.m. He and Bobbie Jo Sadler, 59, of Raton were struck as they crossed the northbound lanes of South Second Street just north of Rio Grande Avenue. Sadler was treated at Miners' Colfax Medical Center in Raton and released earlier this week.

As of Thursday, Raton police were re-interviewing witnesses to the accident, as well as the driver and other occupants in the SUV at the time, Sgt. B.J. Holland said. He said police as of Thursday morning had not yet determined if any criminal charges are warranted.

"We're going to try to be comprehensive," Holland said. "We want to get everything clarified before we make a ruling on that."

The accident occurred just as the city's annual Electric Light Parade was coming through downtown on southbound Second Street and spectators had lined the street.

The 1995 GMC Yukon that struck Hurtado and Sadler, both of Raton, was driven by a 17-year-old girl and there were two juvenile passengers in the vehicle as well, police said.

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Original Publication Date: December 10, 2010

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