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Albuquerque boy’s death leads to an outcry over ATVs

Dec 20, 2021Updated Dec 20, 2021 10:12 am

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) – Albuquerque police plan to address the issue of illegal all-terrain vehicles driving the streets of the city after a boy is hit and missed.

Police, along with New Mexico Game and Fish officials, will hold a press conference Monday afternoon.

Off-road vehicles are illegal on the streets of Albuquerque. But local residents say that didn’t stop people from breaking the law. Police say that in these cases they will issue tickets and have the ATV towed.

Concerns have turned to outrage following the death of 7-year-old Pronoy Bhattacharya earlier this month.

The boy and his family had left River of Lights at ABQ BioPark on December 12th when a man on an ATV hit him and his father. The family was on a marked zebra crossing and had the right of way.

The child died while his father was seriously injured. He is expected to recover.

Albuquerque police say they have issued an arrest warrant for the driver. Investigators believe he was drunk at the time of the incident.

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