As anyone who knows them would say, Mary Lu and Robert are a selfless and loving couple. They enjoy adventures together, and creating new memories.
Both have always had a special connection to motors, and love riding motorcycles. On May 4th, they jumped on a beautiful black Harley and took off from their home in Henderson, Nevada for what was supposed to be a leisurely ride to Gunlock, Utah.
Unfortunately, their ride came to an abrupt end before they reached Gunlock. They were on Old Highway 91, near the Utah/Arizona border, and saw a vehicle veering toward them in their lane. Mary Lu screamed, ”Robert!”, and he told her to ”hang on“! He veered to the right but the driver of the vehicle still managed to hit them almost head on.
They were both thrown into the dirt and gravel on the side of the road. Mary Lu’s left leg, and Robert’s left foot were immediately severed during the impact. But, God was watching over them and sent angels to the scene. These angels had the strength, knowledge and training to provide urgently needed medical aide. They literally saved their lives, using belts as tourniquets. Our families are forever grateful for their heroic actions.
Mary Lu and Robert were airlifted by two helicopters from the scene. They suffered traumatic, extensive injuries, beyond the tragedy of their amputated limbs. Each of them has undergone multiple surgeries over the past few days and endured excruciating pain.
The driver of the vehicle was arrested for DUI, causing severe bodily injury, among other charges, including driving on a revoked/suspended license and having no insurance.
Mary Lu’s injuries: Left leg amputation, broken ribs, broken collar bone, broken left pinky finger, and extreme road rash.
Robert’s injuries: Left leg amputation under the knee, broken ribs, broken collar bone, and broken/cracked sternum that is requiring surgery to put plates in.
We know the financial impact of this tragedy will be tremendous and it is for that reason we created this Go Fund Me page. We are hoping to put their minds at ease so that they can focus on their recovery. Undoubtedly, they will need additional surgeries, prosthetics, special accommodations, and mental support for years to come.
Our families appreciate any and all donations for this beautiful couple who have always been so generous and loving toward everyone they meet. God bless and please keep them in your prayers.
Thank you so much.
My name is Holly Zoerner from Austin, Texas, Mary Lu’s daughter. One of her 3 children who have helped create this fundraiser for her and Robert. The funds we are raising will be going toward all medical bills and rehabilitation they will need during this time of recovery. I will be withdrawing any donations and sending them to my Mom and Robert to ensure their medical bills are the least of their problems.
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