A Tragic Loss For Our Homeless Community

Las Cruces Police Department:

Community: The 57-year-old bicyclist in last Wednesday’s hit-and-run crash on Valley Drive has died as a result of his injuries.

The 57-year-old bicyclist involved in last Wednesday’s hit-and-run crash on Valley Drive has died as a result of his injuries.

Terence Patrick Havey was removed from life support and pronounced dead at University Medical Center of El Paso. Las Cruces Police learned of his passing on Saturday, Aug. 17.

Las Cruces Crime Stoppers has doubled its reward and is now offering $2,000 for information that helps identify the driver of the red GMC or Chevrolet pickup believed to be responsible for the hit-and-run crash.

Shortly before 9 p.m. on Aug. 14, Havey was bicycling south near the 1800 block of Valley Drive when he was struck by the pickup. Havey was located several feet from where the initial impact occurred and was initially taken to Memorial Medical Center before being transported to UMC.

The driver of the pickup did not stop to render aid, and instead drove south on Valley Drive with the bicycle lodged underneath the vehicle. Police located the bicycle on south Main Street underneath the I-10 overpass and parts of the bike along the way.

The last known direction of the pickup was south on Main Street near University Avenue. It is believed that the pickup may have some damage to its front end. The pickup is believed to be a newer-model, full-size, red GMC or Chevrolet with either an extra cab or four full doors.

Anyone with information that can help identify the driver or location of the pickup is asked to call Las Cruces Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or send a tip via text message to CRIMES (274637), keyword LCTIPS.

The Crime Stoppers number and text messaging services are operational 24 hours a day and you do not have to give your name to collect a reward.

Contact Information:
Las Cruces
Crime Stoppers

For full details, view this message on the web.

In response to this message MVCH Executive Director Nicole Martinez sent out this email:

Dear Optimist Club,

I just wanted to take a moment to again thank you for all the assistance you have given with our homeless and their bicycles.  I’m sure you heard about the man recently hit on his bike at night.  From the email below, we have been informed that he passed away.  Terry was one of our clients—a very unique individual. Terry was very friendly, had a variety of odd jobs, almost finished with a master’s degree, and was a talented guitar player.  He lived at one of our group homes for the homeless for about one year.  We are very saddened to hear that it was Terry and that he succumbed to the injuries sustained from being hit.

The time and effort you take with our population is so appreciated and know that these numbers could be much higher if it weren’t for caring individuals such as yourselves.  You make a difference.


Nicole Martinez

Executive Director

Mesilla Valley Community of Hope/ Abode, Inc.

999 W. Amador Ave.

Las Cruces, NM 88005

(575) 523-2219

(575) 523-8684 fax



We are all sad to lose someone this way, and yet we are greatful for the diligence of groups like the Optimist Club and Donald Wilson, who come out at least twice a year to help our homeless outfit lights and do bike repair and teach riding safety. Camp Hope offers their condolences to Terry’s friends and family, and their gratitude to The Optimist Club for their effort to keep the homeless safe.

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The Optimist Club Helping the Homeless Stay Safe Nov. 2012

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