Albuquerque boy that died in officer-involved crash leaves lasting legacy

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – For the first time, KRQE News 13 heard from the mother involved in that deadly crash with an Albuquerque police officer.

She spoke about her young daughter who is still in the hospital and about her 6-year-old son, Joel Anthony, who was killed in the crash.

It was an emotional interview, mainly focusing on her son Joel Anthony’s spirit and how he’s still making the world a better place.

“Anthony brought so much love and joy to everyone who knew him,” she said.

With her son’s grandmother by her side, Antoinette Suina spoke publicly for the first time since a tragic accident changed her life.

It was 10 days ago when an Albuquerque police officer crashed into her car at Eubank and Indian School on the way to call, killing her 6-year-old son, Joel Anthony.

“He was in love and loved everything, he saw the good in everyone, my sweet Bubbas will live on,” Suina said.

Joel’s sister, Ariana, is still fighting to recover.

“I feel my son lived a full life in his 6 years because of the lessons he shared and is continuing to teach us,” Suina said.

She said one of the lessons he taught her was to give to others, and that’s why she made the tough decision to take him off life support and donate his organs, saving four lives.

“It’s what my son would have wanted. He was a giver,” Suina said. “We feel that this has provided the family some comfort in their loss.”

Suina said her son would want some good to come out of the accident and she explained why she’s staying so upbeat about the situation.

“I’m an example to my daughter, and I feel God’s hand in every step that we’re taking,” she said.

And that’s why she also says she isn’t allowing herself to get angry about what happened. The mom also tells us her daughter is recovering but she remains in the hospital.

New Mexico Donor Services said they will get Suina in touch with every individual that her son saved. 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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