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Woman still recovering from motorcycle crash

An Algodones woman is struggling to recover from the injuries she suffered in the same motorcycle wreck that killed her husband, a crash police say was caused by a drunk driver who slammed his pickup into the motorcycle head-on.

Debbie Hill spends most of her waking hours in a wheelchair and at times, struggling to get around on crutches.

She suffered a broken ankle, two broken leg bones, torn up knees, a broken pelvis, a crushed elbow and slight head injury even though she was wearing a helmet when the crash took place near Chimayo on May 28.

Her husband, 51-year-old Mark Wolfe died. Two other couples were injured when their motorcycles slid into the wreckage. All of them had been participating in a motorcycle rally at Red River.

"We left on a beautiful day to take a beautiful ride to a beautiful place," said Hill. " I never made it home. My husband never made it home."

After more than a month in the hospital, Hill did finally come home.

"Coming home and seeing my husband in a cremation urn in the closet in the bedroom…that's what I came home to," Hill said.

Hill also said four days after Mark Wolfe died, his father passed away. Less than a month later, his mother died as well.

"People can say well, you know, that doesn't have to do with your husband's death, but I truly believe that, yes, it does," Hill said.

Accused drunk driver Juan De Dios Cordova has a history of drunk driving arrests, with one conviction and very little time behind bars. His brother is a former Rio Arriba County Sheriff.

Hill said she thinks of him often while concentrating on getting well enough to return to her job teaching at Algodones Elementary School.

"I think it's sad that I lie to the children and don't tell the truth...that sometimes who you know is more important than what you've done and that you're not held accountable and you're not held responsible for what you do," Hill explained.

Debbie Hill, her family and friends, and members of the New Mexico Motorcyclist Rights Organization are vowing that this case won't work out that way.

They are watching it like hawks, hoping Mark Wolfe's death becomes a catalyst for a revived crusade against drunk driving and for highway safety.


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