Boy on life support after crash with APD vehicle |

Boy on life support after crash with APD vehicle

J.R. Oppenheim
April 20, 2017 02:52 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A 6-year-old boy hurt in a car crash with an Albuquerque Police Department cruiser earlier this week is on life support while his 9-year-old sister remains in critical condition, a close family friend confirmed to KOB Wednesday with permission from the family.


A mother and two children were transported to University of New Mexico Hospital after their car collided with an APD unit at the intersection of Eubank and Indian School around 6:09 p.m. Monday. The police vehicle was responding to a felony in progress, an APD spokesperson said, and had its lights flashing at the time of the crash.

There has been no official update on the condition of the woman or the children hurt in the crash. However, the family friend said the boy, Joel, is fighting for his life. Should Joel not survive, the friend said the family intends to have his organs donated.

The friend told KOB the girl, Ariana, had surgery on Tuesday. As for the mother, Antoinette, the friend said she feels sore after the crash and is distraught over her children's injuries.

The officer, Johnathan McDonnell, sustained a broken ankle and a broken femur in the crash. APD spokesperson Celina Espinoza identified him later Wednesday evening. She said McDonnell remains under sedation at a hospital. He joined APD's ranks in 2008 and currently serves in the department's Foothills Area Command. 

"We are asking for your continued thoughts and prayers for both families during this very difficult time," Espinoza said.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office is leading the investigation into the crash. BCSO Public Information Officer Felicia Romero said the agency will not release any names or information at this time.

"When the investigation is completed, media may request the records via a records request," Romero said in an email to Albuquerque news outlets.

Espinoza also expressed gratitude for BCSO's work in the investigation.

APD has asked any witnesses to come forward and call (505) 242-COPS. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family.


J.R. Oppenheim

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