South San Diego motorcycle crash victim turns to faith

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) -- A gruesome motorcycle accident led to a hopeless situation and a desperate prayer.

Thanksgiving night, around 10 pm on the I-5 South.  Jairo Duenas was on his Harley headed back to Chula Vista after a day of family gatherings, when he took the wrong exit at the I-15 North.

"I just remember braking and my rear tires locked," said Duenas. Duenas says he hit a wall and flew down an embankment.

"I remember when I landed, I thought I was so lucky. I thought I would have been paralyzed for sure," said Duenas. Still, his situation was dire.

Duenas says his left foot was crushed and he was bleeding out quickly.  He tried to drag himself up with the injured leg and he got about a third-way up the hill, but then couldn't go any farther. 

He recalls looking up into the darkness, barely hearing any traffic. At that moment, Duenas - a devout Jehovah's Witness - turned to his faith. He kept thinking about his first child, due in March.

"So I said a prayer, and I asked god if he would forgive me and help me," said Duenas.

Diuenas says he had made peace with dying.  A few minutes later, he heard something. "He shouted,'Is anybody down there?'" said Duenas.

It was a voice from above.  A man and his wife had been driving by, when they saw the motorcycle near the road.    

"I shouted harder and harder, and he shouted back.  it was a miracle," said Duenas. The man named Eddie called for help and put a tourniquet on him.

His right leg, below the knee could not be saved, but Duenas believes his hero saved his life, perhaps with an assist from a higher power.

"It's just a matter of faith and my faith is strong," said Duenas. Duenas has thanked Eddie privately, but also wanted to thank him publicly.

A Gofundme campaign has been set up to help with expenses.

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