Two Ohkay Owingeh members were struck and killed by a pickup Aug. 2 as they crossed North Riverside Drive on foot in front of Dairy Queen.

    Killed were Brian Povijua, 44, Ohkay Owingeh, and Maria Dollar, 61, Española, according to a report by Española City Police Officer Monica Salazar.

    The two were struck by a Dodge pickup driven by Willie Salguero, 61, of Los Alamos, the report states. He had just left the Walmart parking lot and was headed north to the Ohkay Casino Hotel with his wife, who was driving another car ahead of him. She did not see the accident.

    The accident occurred at about 8:38 p.m. and was witnessed by several people. Christine Baca and Amiel Lopez both told Española Police Sgt. George Martinez they saw Povijua and Dollar attempt to cross from the west side of Riverside Drive to the east side, by Dairy Queen.

    They said Salguero struck the two and pulled over to the median, where the truck still sat as they spoke. They also said a second car drove over one of the victims and left.

    That driver, Elias Rinkels, 23, Las Cruces did not leave the scene. He told Martinez he was also traveling north in the right-hand lane when the car in front of him suddenly braked to a stop. To avoid hitting the car, Rinkels said he went around it and then could not avoid driving over Povijua, who was down on the road.

    Salazar states there were several beer bottles and a pint of vodka near Povijua, as well as two cell phones, which police used to help identify Povijua. Ohkay Owingeh Tribal officers also assisted in identifying Dollar.

    The report states Salazar determined neither Rinkels, nor Salguero had anything to drink and were not under the influence of anything.

    Povijua was transported to Española Hospital emergency room and later to University of New Mexico Hospital, where he died. Dollar was also transported to Española Hospital emergency room where she died.

    No citations were issued.

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