Police: Scooter crash victim wasn’t wearing helmet

May 23, 2019

Police reports indicate a Santa Fe man killed in a motor scooter crash May 6 was not wearing a helmet at the time and might have been under the influence of alcohol.

Lonnie Petry’s family has acknowledged the 51-year-old handyman and father of two struggled with addiction and described him as a “free spirit” who was active in his church.

Petry crashed the scooter into a guardrail heading onto St. Francis Drive from St. Micheal’s Drive at about 6 p.m. and was pronounced dead at the scene.

After the crash, Petry and the scooter slid for about 70 feet on the pavement before Petry slid another 65 feet and the scooter another 100 feet, according to the police reports.

Petry was described in the reports as having suffered severe head trauma.

According to first responders and witnesses cited in the reports, Petry had not been wearing a helmet and likely had been traveling at a high speed when he lost control on the curve.

Officers described a strong odor of alcohol on Petry and found several miniature bottles of whiskey on him, one of them open and partially consumed, the reports said.

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