Airman thankful to be alive after hit and run motorcycle crash


A local airman is thankful to be alive after a crash while riding his motorcycle on the way to work at Kirtland Air Force Base.

He believes another driver hit him and then fled the scene, leaving him for dead in the middle of the road.

“Woke up, got dressed, helped my wife with the kids, and then traveled towards the base,” says John Hernandez.

Combat Arms Instructor and Tech Sergeant John Hernandez says his Friday began just like any other workday. But on this day, he wouldn’t ever make it to work.

“I got on I-25. I remember getting off of I-25, and that’s the last thing I remember,” he says.

Hernandez says he was approaching the intersection of Gibson and Mulberry, right off the Interstate, when he believes a car hit him and just kept going.

“I have a flash memory, like I don’t remember anything other than a silver car and like me up next to it,” he says.

Hernandez woke up at UNMH to doctors treating multiple injuries.

“I’ve got road rash on my left elbow, both my knees, as well as my face as you can see,” he says. “I dislocated my arm somehow when I got hit.”

Hernandez says witnesses saw him laying in the middle of Gibson unconscious. Thankfully, a good Samaritan came to his aid and called 9-1-1.

“I mean, would you want to be hit by a car? How would you feel?” he says.

Through the excruciating pain, Hernandez says the most frustrating part of it all is not knowing what happened or who else was involved.

“I’m a pretty resilient dude. I can’t…I don’t have any other choice but to be strong,” he says.

Albuquerque Police are currently investigating the case. Anyone with information is asked to call 242-COPS.

Hernandez has been stationed in Albuquerque for more than three years and says he has never had an incident on his bike until now.

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