Updated: 04/30/2014 8:06 AM |
Created: 04/29/2014 10:47 PM
By: Tessa Mentus, KOB Eyewitness News 4
It's an unbelievable experience for most 11-year-olds in New Mexico: Getting asked to throw out the first pitch at an Isotopes baseball game.
For Magen Sanchez, it's still unbelievable, but so is the reason she was invited to the game and the journey she's taken to step on the mound.
It's heartbreaking a child even has to think that tossing a baseball a few feet is an amazing physical comeback, especially when Magen Sanchez was such a great gymnast and athlete.
When her mom, Naeomi, thinks about what happened three months ago, she's somewhat thankful for Magen's obstacles, because her daughter is alive to overcome them.
The reality is this: A drunk driver crashed into Magen and her dad, Daniel, while they were on a motorcycle in Valencia County back in January.
A harsher reality: Daniel Sanchez didn't survive.
While tragedy brought Magen to the mound, it was her determination - and support from her family - that got that ball to home plate.
Jacob Williams is the man accused of hitting Magen and her dad.
He's facing vehicular homicide and DWI charges.
Williams already served time in prison for hitting and killing another motorcyclist while driving drunk in 2006