Snowplow driver to stand trial in careless driving case in Santa Fe

April 2, 2019

The driver of a city snowplow that police say struck and injured two pedestrians at an intersection south of downtown Santa Fe in January is scheduled to stand trial next month on a charge of careless driving.

Billy Kavanaugh, who is in his late-forties, told police he didn’t know he had hit Joseph and Toni Fammartino, who were found at about 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 11 on the ground at the intersection of Galisteo and Paseo de Peralta, bleeding and suffering from injuries.

Both victims were hospitalized, although Joseph Fammartino’s injuries were more severe and included broken bones. He was listed in satisfactory condition several days after the incident at University of New Mexico Hospital.

A police report said Kavanaugh had made a left turn onto Paseo de Peralta when he hit the Fammartinos, who told investigators that they had started walking in a designated crosswalk after a getting a walk signal.

“The next thing [Toni] remembered was lying on the road next to Joseph,” police reported.

Police who interviewed Kavanaugh said he drove on because he had no knowledge that he had hit anyone and was “really remorseful in his answers.”

After reviewing the investigation, lawyers and a crash investigator agreed the driver should be issued a citation, police spokesman Greg Gurule wrote in a statement Monday.

Kavanaugh was arraigned in February on a charge of failure to exercise due care, according to courts records, and a nonjury trial is scheduled for April 11 in Santa Fe County Magistrate Court.