Nara Visa, NM – A motorcycle rider was killed after crashing into a semi-tractor trailer on U.S. Highway 54 in Quay County.
At around 8:00 p.m. on July 30, New Mexico State Police officers were dispatched to U.S. Highway 54 milepost 351, east of Nara Visa for a motorcyclist who had crashed into a semi-tractor trailer. The initial investigation indicated that John Alfonso Tafoya, 45, of Nara Visa was riding a small 212 cc minibike motorcycle traveling west in the right lane of westbound U.S. 54.
For unknown reasons, Tafoya veered into the side of a 2018 Kenworth semi-tractor trailer that was also traveling west in the left lane of westbound U.S. 54. Tafoya was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and sustained fatal injuries. He was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator.
Alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in this crash, which is being investigated by the New Mexico State Police.