Former Police Officer Charged with Hit-and-Run

- Charles Ruhmann

In late September 2016 wheelchair-bound Kay Moss-Freese moved into the road and along a curb near Louisiana and Lomas in Albuquerque. Unfortunately the 60-year-old woman would not arrive home alive.

Around 11:30pm on September 29, 2016 former police officer Rodney Locke departed from Billy’s Pub. It was shortly after when Locke struck Moss-Freese while he was on his way back to his home less than a mile away.

Moss-Freese succumbed to her injuries in the early hours of the following day.

“I Know I Hit Something, But I Don’t Know What”

Witnesses stated that Locke had stopped and gotten out of his truck to see if he had hit something or someone. They also took down the license plate to his truck which is how one officer, who had known Locke while on the force, found him.

Locke claimed that he didn’t know what had happened. He stated that he was aware that he had hit something, but he wasn’t sure what it was.

The former police officer also refused a breathalyzer test. A blood sample revealed that his blood alcohol content was 0.18.

What to Do If You Have Been the Victim of a Hit-and-Run

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4,735 pedestrians were killed in traffic-related crashes in 2013. In that same year, over 150,000 pedestrians were treated for crash-related injuries that were not fatal.

If you have been a victim of a hit and run accident, it is important to take the following steps:

  1. Keep calm and move out of the roadway: If you are conscious, move out of the roadway as soon as possible
  2. Call the police: Call the police when you are at the scene of the accident. Even if you do not believe that you have suffered a significant injury, it is important to make a report right then and there
  3. Gather names and contact information for witnesses: Collect the contact details of as many witness as possible, regardless of how minor you believe your injuries are

Call the Ruhmann Law Firm

The Ruhmann Law Firm is committed to ensuring that the health and well-being of our clients are upheld throughout every step of the legal process. We offer free initial consultations to anyone who has suffered an injury a hit-and-run incident, and we will work tirelessly to make sure justice is served.

To speak to a hit and run attorney today, please call (575) 525-8542.