• August 02, 2022

John Alfonso Tafoya Killed in Minibike, Truck Accident in Quay County, NM

Quay County, NM -- July 30, 2022, John Alfonso Tafoya was killed due to an accident where a minibike and a semi-truck collided.

Officials reported that the crash took place late Saturday along US 54 in the area of Nara Visa.

According to reports, 45-year-old John Alfonso Tafoya was on a minibike motorcycle going westbound along the right lane of US 54. Reports claim that Tafoya "veered into the side" of an 18-wheeler which was also going westbound.

Due to the collision, Tafoya sustained fatal injuries. Right now, additional details about the crash are unavailable.

Commentary on John Alfonso Tafoya Minibike, Truck Accident in Quay County

While I certainly can't say I know anything about this crash not in the news, I can't help but wonder if we're getting the whole story. My experience has shown me how biased reports can be when it comes to people on non-standard vehicles. From motorcycles to minibikes to scooters, folks tend to assume the victim was just being reckless. Maybe that happened here, or maybe authorities missed something.

John Alfonso Tafoya Killed in Minibike, Truck Accident in Quay County, NM

For example, I handled a situation not long ago where an motorcyclist crashed with a truck, and police blamed the victim for speeding and weaving through traffic. When we actually spoke to witnesses and reconstructed the scene, though, it was clear that the motorcyclist did nothing wrong. It was actually the truck cutting them off that caused the wreck.

Again, maybe that didn't happen here. But in that example, a grieving family almost never learned the truth simply because people were content to blame a motorcyclist for behavior they never had evidence to support. Could it be that similar mistakes happened here? It may at least be worth more thorough investigations to find out for sure.

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