Father of six whose motorcycle was struck by hit-and-run driver needs your help

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PLEASANT PRAIRIE -- He's the motorcycle rider hospitalized after a dangerous hit-and-run crash in Pleasant Prairie earlier this week. Now, the 31-year-old is asking for your help to identify the vehicle that struck him.

From his bed at Froedtert Hospital, the father of six on Thursday, May 5th was surrounded by pictures of happier times and the memory of one of the most terrifying.Rodriguez

"If anyone can come up and say something about this car, the plates," said Rigo Rodriguez, hit-and-run victim.

It was Tuesday night, May 3rd around 10:30 p.m.

31-year-old Rodriguez and a dozen friends were riding their motorcycles from Waukegan, Illinois up to the Kenosha area.

Hit-and-run crash in Pleasant Prairie

Hit-and-run crash in Pleasant Prairie

In Pleasant Prairie along Green Bay Road, police say a red, four-door vehicle with black rims and Illinois plates, hit the back of Rodriguez's bike. He flipped up onto the car and the driver sped off.

"The hood was just dented and the windshield was also broke," said Rebecca Rodriguez, Rigo's wife.

Hit-and-run crash in Pleasant Prairie

Hit-and-run crash in Pleasant Prairie

"What would make someone want to ride up 90 miles-per-hour on the back of a bike, to throw someone off the back of a bike?" said Rebecca Rodriguez.

Rebecca Rodriguez

Rebecca Rodriguez

Parts of the striking vehicle were left behind. Police say it is either a Dodge Avenger or Chrysler 200 from between 2011 and 2014.

Rodriguez's wife said her husband suffered significant road rash -- but thankfully, no broken bones.

Rigo Rodriguez will be out of work for around three months. He purchased his Kawasaki bike just days before the wreck.

"When I saw the bike, I knew that obviously someone up there is looking out for my husband," said Rebecca Rodriguez.

Rodriguez says there's something else that saved him.Rodriguez2

"I think what saved my life was my helmet. If I didn't have my helmet, I would not be here," said Rigo Rodriguez.

The family has set up a GoFundMe account to help cover medical expenses.

14 comments

  • Donald Trump

    Rodriguez’s wife said her husband suffered significant road rash — but thankfully, no broken bones.

  • Donald Trump

    “I think what saved my life was my helmet. If I didn’t have my helmet, I would not be here,” said Rigo Rodriguez
    I get a ticket if I do NOT wear a seat belt in my car but people on two wheels do not have to wear a helmet? Then I should NOT have to pay for their head injuries! Road rash? Wipe some dirt on it and walk it off. 3 months out of work for road rash? Maybe as a FATHER of 6 he should NOT have been riding on a motorcycle. They are toys and death machines.

    • don'tjump2conclusions

      Hey…that’s a GREAT idea. Maybe the DMV can decide what kind of vehicle you drive based on how many children you have…DUH!

  • Dani

    I find it deplorable that you would ask if he’s a citizen. Americans are not all white, and that is a pretty ignorant statement. Who cares how many kids he has? And why is he not allowed to have a motorcycle? Only rich people should? Your commentary is ignorant at best, vile and racist at worst. What more do you want- someone ran HIM OFF THE ROAD. He didn’t go out, get drunk, and crash. He didn’t make a single poor choice here. You however have made poor choices in your lack of education and empathy of others. I feel sorry for you.

    • workman30

      He is my brother in law you ignorant pos. He has 4 children and the other 2 are his step children. My nephews and nieces and he raises them like they are his own, working and using his own money to support them. He is in fact a legal citizen. My sister, Rebecca is a RN and the hardest worker I know. My sister and I are both white. Would you have made the same judgment if the man in this article was a white guy? Take your ignorant racist nonsense comment and shove it, you make me ashamed to be white.

  • Honky

    When “some” people are in groups, they act like they own the road. Im thinking that hey probably did something to cause this. I also ride a bike, but not like a douce bag, like the ones that drive in the breakdown lane on the freeway to pass people.

    • Don'tJump2Conclusions

      By “some” people what do you mean? Also, what brings you to the ASSumption that he did something wrong or was driving like a “douche” bag?

  • Ryan Workman

    He is my brother in law you ignorant pos. He has 4 children and the other 2 are his step children. My nephews and nieces and he raises them like they are his own, working and using his own money to support them. He is in fact a legal citizen. My sister, Rebecca is a RN and the hardest worker I know. My sister and I are both white. Would you have made the same judgment if the man in this article was a white guy? Take your ignorant racist nonsense comment and shove it, you make me ashamed to be white.

  • Carlos

    The comment that Rigo and Rebecca made downplayed the extent of his injurys, read the other articles, he is real lucky but its going to be awhile before he is back to normal. He had internal injurys that required surgury. I gladly give my 100.00 to support this wonderful family who also has from my experience given back to so many others in this community for as long as I have known them. God bless!!!

  • Donna

    Why do people have to say such negative things and be such jerks! His injuries are much more extensive than just road rash as the reporter stated. The accident was on Tuesday evening and he is still in the hospital right now on Friday evening. That alone should tell you his injuries were severe!
    And why would you automatically blame the victim? Crazy world we live in!

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