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Several injured in Farmington Mother's Day crash

Created: 05/13/2014 6:23 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Jason Roberts has some perspective today. He was released from San Juan Regional Medical Center Tuesday after he, his wife and son were all admitted to the hospital on Sunday.

“When you get hit by an F-250 in a small car, it’s pretty much game over.”

Roberts and his family were headed home from visiting his wife's mother for Mother’s Day.

“We were stopped at Country Club turn off stop light all of a sudden truck hit us.”

A big truck, which police say was going too fast, rear-ended the small Kia Roberts was driving.

“Knocked my wife out, she was unconscious in the front seat. My daughter in the back seat didn't get knocked out, but she went pretty hysterical, crying and screaming.”

The car was pushed about 100 feet-through the intersection.

Seat-belted behind the driver’s seat, Robert’s 7- year-old-son Ethan took the brunt of the impact.

“Multiple head, skull fractures, jaw is broke in several places. He has not come out of the coma yet. They have tried waking him up, he is not responding the way they expect him to.”

Ethan was airlifted to UNM Hospital in Albuquerque.

“We are hoping, you know, just give it some time, it hasn't been three full days yet, but we are hoping for the best.”

Roberts expects to be released from the hospital in Farmington today--and just wants to see his wife.

“Wish I could be there with her. That’s where I am going as soon as we are done.”

And lend some more support to a little guy who is popular at his school.

“Teachers love (Ethan). Everybody at his school is ready and waiting for him [to come back].”

The driver of the truck that struck the Roberts’ car was arrested for driving under the influence. That driver is identified as 32-year-old Mihdi Bathke of Farmington. He has bonded out of jail but charges stemming from the wreck are pending. 


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