**Editor's Note: Some of the injuries seen in the video are graphic, viewer discretion is advised**
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A couple was riding a motorcycle northbound on Interstate 635 in KCK on March 21 when a mattress flew off a truck and hit them. The truck driver didn't stop, leaving the two injured riders behind.
Now a husband and father is on a long road to recovery. Jason Tirk is finally off the ventilator and awake at the University of Kansas Hospital.
“I’ve become a resident here for the most part,” said Jennifer Richardson of her husband.
Ten days ago, she barely recognized him.
“There was a lot of blood all over his face,” she described.
Both of them were taken to the hospital, but Tirk suffered the most serious injuries. The two weren’t wearing helmets.
“The only thing I remember is the mattress. Blue mattress, it’s the last thing I saw,” she said.
The couple was on a motorcycle ride when she says a mattress flew off a truck and smashed into them. They skidded into the middle of the busy highway.
“My biggest fear was us getting hit by a semi truck or car. So I grabbed my husband and pulled him out of the way and got him to the side of the road,” she recalled of the accident.
She says the truck driver who caused the accident drove off. So now she’s asking for anyone with information to come forward.
“He’s such a strong person and right now he’s helpless,” she said of her husband. He towers at 6 feet tall and is a loving father of two.
Despite her husband surviving the severe head injury, Richardson says neither she nor her husband will ever go on a motorcycle again, at least for now.
To help with the piling medical bills, a GoFundMe page was started. Click here for more information.