The driver of the sport-utility vehicle involved in a fatal car wreck in February has been cited for careless driving.
James Gustafson, 67, of Bernalillo, died after his motorcycle struck an SUV driven by Rio Rancho High School assistant softball coach Theodore Kaufmann, 72, at the intersection of Northern Boulevard and NM 528. Kaufmann was uninjured.
According to newly available Rio Rancho Police reports, just before 1 p.m. on Feb. 7, officers arrived at the scene and found Gustafson unconscious with extensive injuries, and Kaufmann in tears in his vehicle.
Gustafson was airlifted to University of New Mexico Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries hours later.
At the scene, Kaufmann told an officer the crash was his fault, according to the report.
He was northbound on NM 528 attempting to turn left onto westbound Northern. He said he had a green light, saw a passenger car and thought he had time to make the turn.
According to reports, Kaufmann told police he didn’t see the motorcycle until the wreck was about to happen.
Officers determined speed was not a factor for either vehicle, and a blood test showed Kaufmann was not impaired by alcohol.
His cell phone showed no evidence of calls or text messages being sent or received at the time of the crash, according to reports.
The investigation, including a reconstruction, determined Kaufmann should have seen the motorcycle because there was no obstruction, according to the report.