Deep scratches and broken bones are nothing compared to the emotional loss Teresa and Ron Atkinson are going through.
Teresa Atkinson said, “It was a great fun family thing to do and then everything in our world changed.”
On May 7, 2016, Ron and Teresa were riding one motorcycle while their daughter Laura Atkinson rode beside them. They were going from one fun festival to another.
The family never saw the car coming from behind them.
“The next minute I remember flying through the air,” said Ron. He hit the ground. As Ron laid there, he heard screaming around him. “I heard someone panic in the background saying we’ve got to get this one. She’s really, really bad. We’ve got to get this one. I don’t think she’s made it.” That’s when he knew his daughter’s injuries were too severe.
Laura was his youngest child. She was a high-spirited 20-year-old girl. Ron and Teresa describe her as passionate and caring. Laura aspired to be a paramedic. She also loved going on these family motorcycle rides with her parents.
Ron and Teresa say because of one man’s poor decision, their lives changed in a flash. They hope someone will learn a lesson about driving under the influence from their loss.
The couple hopes justice will be served, but they don’t want to focus on the man who caused this tragedy. Instead, they’re remembering the 20 years they spent with their daughter.
Ron’s co-workers set up a GoFundMe page for the couple to help fund their medical expenses and Laura’s funeral. He says he is overwhelmed with joy about the people that have supported them. That includes friends, family, and strangers. The couple also wants to thank the doctors and nurses for helping them heal both physically and emotionally.
Ron and Teresa both have months of recovery ahead of them. Teresa is still at Valir Rehabilitation Hospital. She will have to re-learn how to walk again in a few months. Both are unable to work at this time.