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Biker injured in accident

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By The Staff

Thousands of bikers came to Las Vegas for the weekend, but only one accident occurred involving a motorcycle during that time, police say.

Richard Gonzales, 41, who was headed north, was hurt when his bike collided with a car driven by Carmen Villanueva, 68, in the 2900 block of Hot Springs Boulevard around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, police said.

Las Vegas Deputy Police Chief Christian Montaño said Villanueva entered the flow of traffic, getting in the way of Gonzales’ motorcycle.

Gonzales was taken by ambulance to the hospital. Montaño said the police didn’t believe the biker’s injuries to be life-threatening. He had no other information on Gonzales’ condition.

Montaño said alcohol wasn’t a factor in the accident. He said no citations have been issued as of yet.

He said Gonzales wasn’t wearing a helmet, which isn’t required in New Mexico.

“We encourage all motorcyclists to wear helmets,” the deputy police chief said.

Overall, Montaño said the Police Department experienced a higher call volume over the weekend. He said that was likely because the annual Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally brought great numbers of people to town. But he said that other than the accident, nothing occurred that was out of the ordinary.

State police also said no major incidents occurred as a result of the rally.