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Red River Memorial Motorcycle Rally crash kills two

By John Miller | The Taos NewsMay 28, 2019

RED RIVER — The 37th annual Red River Memorial Motorcycle Rally turned deadly over the weekend when, police say, one biker crossed the center line of N.M. 38 into the path of three other motorcycles.

Two people were killed and five injured — four of them critically — in the crash near Red River on Saturday, the third day of the rally.

New Mexico State Police identified the two people killed as Lorenzo Cortez, 58, of Ranchos de Taos and Jennifer Lynn Ashley, 43, of Colorado Springs, Colo.

The crash marks the second consecutive year that a motorcyclist has died during the popular Memorial Day weekend rally, which draws about 20,000 bikers each year. On the third day of the rally in 2018, Corey Gomez of Pueblo, Colo., crashed and died while fleeing law enforcement in Red River.

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