A man fights for his life after a motorcycle accident in Southeast Oklahoma City.
John Holderness, 26, was hospitalized following Thursday night’s crash on South East 44th Street and Interstate 35 when he and a truck heading north on the service road collided .
The Oklahoma City Police Department initially told News 9 that Holderness was deceased, but the family later confirmed he was still alive.
“I saw him today,” said Donna Harper, Holderness’s mother. “At first it really didn’t look like him because he’s all swollen up, but I know his tattoos and things and I’m like, ‘Yeah, he’s my son.'”
Police said Holderness was responsible for the crash.
Doctors told the family that the father of a 6-year-old girl had brain swelling severe enough to require part of her skull to be removed.
“They put him in an induced coma,” Harper said. “They’re going to keep trying to get him out of there, so they can tell what damage has been done.” It happened last night, so it’s a little early to get a lot going.
The family said it’s possible Holderness suffered a brain injury. Support from friends and family helps loved ones get through.
“I’ve had a lot of people that I hardly ever text text to and tell me they’re praying for me or for us and John and everyone,” Harper said.
As Holderness begins a long road to recovering to OU Health, the family must pray for the best possible outcome.
“I mean a full recovery, but I’m not sure that’s quite it. But functional recovery would be good, ”said Harper. “We can get out of here. That’s really what I’m hoping for.”
The family started a GoFundMe fundraiser to help Holderness recover.