My son Riley Eric Hein was killed on November 13, 2015 by a semi truck without an underride guard. He was 16 and driving to High School. The accident occurred on West Bound I-40 near Carnuel, New Mexico. Please add Riley’s name to your map.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The person killed in a fiery crash that closed I-40 Friday morning is Manzano High School junior Riley Hein, school officials confirmed Monday.
Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to westbound I-40 near the Tijeras exit around 6:30 a.m. for a crash between a car and a semi-trailer. Authorities closed westbound lanes of traffic all morning while they investigated.
Sheriff’s Office spokesman Aaron Williamson said a passenger car and a semi-trailer that were both driving on westbound I-40 collided with one another at a curve, and the passenger car got trapped underneath the semi.
The semi dragged the car for a quarter mile, and when authorities arrived, the truck was on fire. The driver of the passenger car, whom school officials identified as Hein, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Manzano student identified as person killed in I-40 crash
Riley’s dad, Eric Hein, shared these photos and memories of Riley.
The plaque is from Riley’s memorial bench at Mountainside United Methodist Church in Tijeras, New Mexico. A place of solace where his friends and family can visit.
A family trip to Puerto Penasco, Mexico. Riley was passionate about fishing and loved the beach. (Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim. –V. Harrison)