Community gathers to pray for man injured in motorcycle wreck
May 30, 2013 at 12:30 a.m.
Updated May 31, 2013 at 12:31 a.m.
Prayer — that is all a Victoria family is asking for.
Nicholas "Niko" Ramirez, 21, of Victoria, is in critical condition at San Antonio Military Medical Center, formerly known as Brooke Army Medical Hospital, after a motorcycle wreck Sunday.
"It's that 72-hour mark," his brother, Michael Ramirez said. "He's fighting for his life."
Nicholas Ramirez's motorcycle struck the right wheel of a 2008 Suzuki all-terrain vehicle, causing him to flip over several times before landing head first in a ditch, said Victoria Department of Public Safety Trooper Gerald Bryant.
"He wasn't wearing a helmet," Michael Ramirez said. "He always wears a helmet."
The family is waiting for Nicholas Ramirez to emerge from a coma, and members said doctors are expected to perform an MRI to look for possible brain damage.
"I'm just trying to get all of Victoria to lift him up," Michael Ramirez said.
Nicholas Ramirez worked for Unison Drilling Inc.
After the accident, his Facebook page filled up with pictures and well-wishes from family and friends. On Tuesday, more than 120 gathered at the family's Victoria ranch to pray for his recovery.
"It's amazing how people who don't even know him are praying for them and supporting my cousin's family in this dire time," Ann Sanchez said. "Makes me tear up thinking about it."
Longtime friend Bobby Alvarado said he knows what it is like to face a family tragedy and is trying to raise money to help with the medical expenses.
"Anything," he said. "Anything to help."
Michael Ramirez said a lot of people in the community are gathering to help his brother.
"He's been a leader all of his life," he said. "A lot of people have posted on Facebook about how Niko has helped them with everyday walks of life. Everybody is returning the favor."