RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – A Rio Rancho business enterprise operator who’s been battling to keep afloat all through the pandemic is now struggling with yet another unanticipated shock after a single mistaken stage landed him in a tough money predicament.

For 14 yrs, Rio Rancho Shoe and Boot Restore has been open up in the Lujan Plaza off Highway 528. The sign on the door reads “Closed on Mondays,” but now it is shut indefinitely. “We’re sort of open up in the afternoon, so individuals can decide on up things that’s currently carried out, but we’re actually not using in or doing any new get the job done,” reported Steven Garcia, the owner of the shop.

That is due to the fact on New Several years Day, Garcia was concerned in a big accident. He and his cousin have been checking out in the mesa when he took a single improper stage and fell about 30 toes down a cliff. Garcia was airlifted to UNMH wherever he discovered out he experienced quite a few fractured vertebrae, damaged ribs, and a fractured sternum.

Now Garcia is unable to do substantially of something which includes work, and after financial struggles brought about by the pandemic, and now a ton of sudden medical credit card debt, he suggests he’s afraid his shop may well not make it. So, he and his spouse made a GoFundMe web site, hoping to set a dent in some of people costs. In the meantime, Garcia says he’s focusing on recovering so he can get back to the shoe store.

Garcia says he didn’t have health and fitness insurance policy at the time of the slide mainly because he was unable to pay for it. This was owing to a fall in business enterprise at his shop all through the pandemic. They are attempting to increase $50,000 to pay back for his medivac flight and other health care expenditures.