Aztec police investigate downtown crash

Police say 52-year-old driver may have suffered medical emergency

Steve Garrison
A city of Aztec bench, pictured Tuesday, was destroyed after a vehicle smashed into the Three Rivers Aikido storefront in Aztec on Monday.

FARMINGTON — A vehicle on Monday evening demolished a downtown Aztec storefront. 

Aztec police Sgt. Joe Gonzales said officers were dispatched at 5:03 p.m. Monday after receiving reports a Dodge pickup truck had struck a guard rail near the intersection of Pepsi Way and South Main Avenue.

The vehicle continued north toward Aztec and rear-ended a vehicle, Gonzales said. The driver eventually smashed the pickup truck into a storefront at 121 S. Main Ave.

Gonzales said the driver managed to extract his vehicle from the building and continued north on South Main Avenue, but was stopped by Aztec police officers and San Juan County Sheriff's Office deputies not far from the crash scene.

The Three Rivers Aikido storefront at 121 S. Main Ave. in Aztec was hit by a car on Monday.

The driver was identified as a 52-year-old Aztec man.

"He was conscious and responsive," Gonzales said. "Nobody was injured at all. I don't even think he was injured."

Police believe the man may have suffered a medical emergency, which caused him to lose control of the vehicle. The man was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center, where his blood was drawn.

The results of the test will likely not be known for at least a month, Gonzales said.

A martial arts training facility called Three Rivers Aikido rents the storefront destroyed on Monday.

Sensai Trisha Rude said class was scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday.

"It is lucky no one got hurt," she said.

Rude said she hopes her students will be able to train on the upper floor of the building while the bottom floor is repaired.

According to the San Juan County Assessor's Office website, Farmington optometrist Ian Kirste owns the building at 121 S. Main Ave. He could not be reached for comment Tuesday morning.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.

The Three Rivers Aikido storefront at 121 S. Main Ave. in Aztec was destroyed by a car on Monday.