Police press release: Motorcycle fatality

Release Date:  07/15/2007

Incident Type:  Fatal Motorcycle Crash Claims Man’s Life Early Sunday Morning In Clovis

Contact Person:  Sergeant Robert Denney, 505-763-9444 
On 07/15/2007 at approximately 12:07 AM this morning a preliminary investigation at the scene of a single vehicle motorcycle crash by members of the Clovis Police Department Crash Team revealed a man, later identified as Bruce Monroe, was driving his 1997 Harley Davidson Motorcycle southbound on Norris Street in Clovis.

The man struck the west curb north of 2nd Street on Norris and was able to recover the motorcycle. The man then continued south on Norris Street, crossing all four lanes of traffic and collided into the east curb south of 2nd Street on Norris. The man then lost control of the motorcycle, left the roadway and collided into a utility pole.

New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator Lynn Henderson pronounced the man deceased on the scene from massive injuries to his body. Mr. Monroe was not wearing a helmet and alcohol is suspected of being a factor due to the odor of alcohol being present on his body.

Toxicology results at a later time will either confirm or rule out the presence of any illegal substances. As is common in these cases of fatality crashes, blood was taken from driver Bruce Monroe to check for the presence of any drug or alcohol that could have caused any impairment and those results are still pending at this time. The investigation is still active by the Clovis Police Department Traffic Crash Team.   
The next of kin could not be immediately notified due to them being in Enid, Oklahoma. As of the time of this press release the next of kin have been notified, so the name of the driver is being released as that of 41-year-old Bruce Monroe of Clovis.