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Joseph Anderson was ejected from his vehicle on August 7. Anderson is in critical condition and remains in a coma at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Family thanks caller's action to help injured son


BARSTOW • The family of the 31-year-old man left in a coma after he was ejected in a car crash last week, wants to thank the person that reported the collision to 911.

Joseph Anderson was ejected from his vehicle on August 7 near Hodge Road on Interstate 15 last week and is still in critical condition, according to his sister Tisha Ackerman.

Ackerman is thankful that someone took the time to call 911 and report the single-vehicle collision. Ackerman said she feels that played a part in the quick response that potentially saved her brother’s life.

“I just want to tell the person that called 911, thank you so much,” an emotional Ackerman said. “We will forever be grateful that somebody was concerned enough to call for a complete stranger. It’s given us hope that I think we otherwise wouldn’t have. I hope that we can get opportunity to meet that person and thank them personally.”

Around 5:30 a.m., Anderson was driving to work and lost control of his 2006 Acura RSX. The car veered off the southbound lanes of the freeway just before Hodge Road an overturned.

Anderson was flown to Loma Linda University Medical Center to be treated for his critical injuries. He remains in a coma.

Anderson’s father, Ashley Anderson said Joseph Anderson has made slight movements when touched; doctors told the family he is reacting to being stimulated. Ashley Anderson said a portion of the left side of his son’s brain was removed to alleviate some pain and the family has complete confidence in the Loma Linda staff.

Ashley Anderson said the family is holding together by faith in God.

“If you believe in God, you just do everything you can to trust in him to bring our son back to us, but whatever needs to happen, will happen,” Ashley Anderson said.

Susan Anderson said the family is doing well and has strong faith that her son is going to recover to the best of his ability.

“Right now we’re just waiting for him to wake up from his coma,” Susan Anderson said of her son. “Joseph is strong and kind-hearted. We don’t know what happened and we may never know, but he was just doing what he needed to for his family. He’s a hard-working father that was just trying to provide for his family.”

Ackerman described her brother as an amazing guy that was vivacious and fun-loving. Ackerman said her brother was loved by many because of all the friends that have reached out to the Anderson family in the last week.

The family has set up a fund to help cover Anderson’s medical bills. To donate visit

Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or

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