TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A woman was seriously hurt Wednesday, Feb. 7, when the motorcycle she was riding on ran into a rope strung across a road on Tucson's southeast side.
According to documents from the Tucson Police Department, Ron Bondy and his fiancee Linda Gonzalez were traveling on Evergreen Avenue, near Pantano and Escalante, around 3:30 p.m.
Bondy was bent over when the motorcycle passed the rope and was uninjured. The rope hit Gonzalez in the face, causing several injuries.
According to a post on Bondy's Facebook page, Gonzalez was expected to be removed from a ventilator and feeding tube by Tuesday, Feb. 20. Later that day, she took her first steps around the trauma center, according to Bondy.
"I just got great news," Bondy said in a post Monday morning. "Linda had a good night and we were told that, barring unforeseen setbacks, she will be off ventilator and off feeding tube and over to step-down by tomorrow. There us a chance that she may not even need to go to rehab."
Bondy said Gonzalez has endured, or will endure, the following:
• She suffered extensive facial damage and surgeons had to use four titanium plates to repair her face
• She has a bruised lung and split jaw
• Doctors installed chest, feeding and tracheal tubes
• She will have reconstructive surgery for her eye sockets this week and will likely undergo more cosmetic surgeries in the future
• Her eyelids had to be intentionally sliced open to relieve pressure. They have since been stitched back up.
Bondy said he's amazed at the sight of his fiancé's recovery and her spirit throughout all of it.
"The strength and the courage that she has shown is something I can never approach," said Bondy. "She's joked her way through this. She's cheered us up. She's healed faster than anybody thought."
He said the support from the community has been like nothing he's every experienced. He said some people may know Gonzalez better as Linda Thomas from Palo Verde class of 1971.
Bondy said he's working out the details to offer $1,000 reward for anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest.
He told the TPD they were traveling 15-20 mph when the accident happened.
He said moments before the incident he saw a young male run down the sidewalk before taking off down an alley. The juvenile was wearing all black clothing and had black curly hair.
The TPD said it found a white, flat-braid rope tied to a community mail box and a small tree on the other side of the street.
The TPD found shoe prints near the mailbox and is testing the rope for DNA.
A witness said he saw four young male juveniles holding a rope and standing next to the mailbox.
The juveniles dropped the rope and ran away when they noticed the witness was looking at them, according to the report.
The witness told the TPD there were two white and two black juveniles and all were 15 to 18 years old.
The black juveniles have been described as 5-foot-10 to 6-foot. One was wearing a white tank top with black baggy pants. The other was wearing a white shirt and blue jeans.
The white juveniles have been described as shorter in height and one was wearing red shorts.
Anyone with information is asked to call 88-CRIME or go to www.88crime.org.
The TPD said anyone who has seen a similar incident should call 520-791-4444 or 88-CRIME.