Family: Albuquerque boy injured in crash involving officer has died

This story has a correction. Details below. 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The little boy critically injured when an Albuquerque police officer slammed into his family’s car on Monday, has died.

The family tells KRQE News 13 that after three days in intensive care, the 6-year-old boy, Joel, died Thursday.

The family says, “We lost the most loving, caring child. He’s a fighter and he’s now on a new journey.”

The boy’s 9-year-old sister, Ariana, is still in intensive care Thursday night, and their mother is recovering from her injures.

The officer involved in the crash, Johnathan McDonnell, suffered a broken ankle and femur.

McDonnell, a 9 year veteran of the Albuquerque Police Department, is still in the hospital Thursday night.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the crash. Once that investigation is complete, KRQE News 13 will have to file an official records request to get the results.

The family has set up a GoFundMe to help the mother, Antoinette, with medical and living expenses so she can remain at her children’s side.

To donate, click here. 

Correction: The original version of this story said that BCSO had already finished its investigation into the crash. That information was incorrect. The article has been updated to reflect that. KRQE News 13 regrets the error. 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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