Firefighters gift girl involved in fatal crash

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – She’s spent the last 12 days recovering in the hospital and Wednesday an 11-year-old girl badly injured by an alleged drunk driver got a big surprise.

Firefighters from Albuquerque and Bernalillo County are hoping to make Magen Sanchez’s road to recovery a little easier.

It’s been a tough week and a half for this little girl. She’s gone through several surgeries and lost her father, Daniel Sanchez, after a suspected drunk driver hit them both while they were riding on a motorcycle.

Wednesday her family put that all aside.

“Life will continue with her and she’ll know and remember that there’s still happiness inside that she can cling on to to help her with the days ahead of us,” Naeomi Sanchez, Magen’s mother said.

That happiness could be seen on Magen’s face, smiling from ear to ear.

Wednesday morning, Albuquerque area firefighter’s Random Acts paid Magen a visit, surprising her with a few gifts as she recovers.

On January 25, state police say Jacob Williams was driving drunk through Jarales when he crossed a center line, hitting the motorcycle Megan was riding on.

Her father, Daniel, was driving and was killed in the crash.

Magen suffered a broken femur and has had multiple surgeries.

The soft spoken 11-year-old says she still feels her dad’s spirit. Magen says the two were very close and enjoyed fishing and exploring outside.

Staying strong and optimistic, she says looking to the future.

“I feel great, I feel like I’m healing so fast and i just feel amazing,” Magen said. “I’m just so excited to get out of here and go see and get out more.”

The family says Magen will be going home Friday, she says she can’t wait.

Funeral services were held for Magen’s dad on Saturday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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