A 46-year-old man jumped on the hood of his wife's car, and ended up brain dead. Juan Dominguez's accident is still under investigation, but so far police say this looks like a tragic accident. NewsChannel 11's Jennifer Vogel spoke with Mrs. Dominguez who says she can't believe her husband is gone.
Anna Dominguez was leaving her house when her husband jokingly jumped on the hood of her car. She says it scared her, so she hit the brakes, but when she did, Juan flew off the car and hit his head on the street. Juan was taken to UMC where hours later he was declared brain dead. Now, his family mourns the man they say had two loves, his family and the drums.
"He came as a joke, I guess, but it was not much of a joke." Anna married Juan Dominguez in 2002. She knew him as a prankster, but never thought a joke could take his life. "By the time I knew it, Juan was already on the hood. He was playing and was laughing and everything." But before she knew what was happening, Anna had slammed on the brakes, throwing her husband to the ground.
911: Did you hit him with the car?
Anna: When I took off, he jumped in front of the Jeep, that's what I'm trying to tell you.
911: He just fell in front of the car, you didn't run him over?
Anna: I didn't run him over ma'am, I wouldn't do that.
That call came in to 9-1-1 just before eight Monday morning. Anna was frantic trying to explain the accident. "He scared me, I said what are you doing man? Come on man, don't be playin like that. He didn't respond."
Juan laid in the street bleeding from his ear. He died just hours later from brain damage. "It was a big loss for me it was a big loss for his mom. I'm gonna miss him a lot, there will not be another like him."
The Medical Examiner's office did perform an autopsy on Juan Dominguez. Police say the incident is still under investigation. And because this was an untimely death, the family is asking for any donations to help bury Juan Dominguez. If you would like to help, a fund has been set up at Wells Fargo inside United at 50th and Ave. Q.