Arriving at the scene I fired off a few frames to get an establishing shot just in case I was going to run into access issues. After a few moments it began to sink in that what I was looking at was not just a body covered by a white sheet. For more than 20 feet there was a smear of red and chunks of meat. And somewhere in the middle of it was the very easily identifiable pieces of the victim's brain.
I wandered up and down the block looking for a possible image that would work for our readers. I certainly was not going to show the gore of the scene. In the end I came in with three different images - ranging from showing nothing, to a hand extending out from under a sheet, to the victim's legs. I wanted to give the readers a sense of how gruesome the scene was without actually showing much of anything. In the end the editor decided the second and third images here were just too graphic, and the very safe image of on-lookers staring at squad cars was what we published.
A pair of on-lookers watch as police respond Monday afternoon to the scene of a fatal hit-and-run accident that left a male pedestrian lying in the middle of the road on Boardman Avenue near Historic Rt. 66 in Gallup after he was run over by the trailer of a dump truck. Investigators believe that the driver of the dump truck was unaware that he had struck anything. The victim's wife was with him at the accident and reported that they had both been drinking.
An unmarked patrol car sits parked on a curb as Police respond Monday afternoon to the scene of a fatal hit-and-run accident.