Crash victim honored with motorcycle club membership

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX --  A survivor of a horrific crash that killed four motorcycle riders more than two years ago was honored on Friday.

Ernie Lizarraga got a big surprise when he received an honorary membership to the Wind and Fire Motorcycle Club.

Club members gave him a jacket and a membership card.

The former Phoenix Fire Department captain nearly died when a dump truck driver plowed into him and a group of motorcycle riders on the Carefree Highway back in 2010.

Lizarraga was in a coma for two weeks. A brain injury still affects his ability to speak.

But Ernie is back on his motorcycle now.

"I've been riding bikes for many years and then I took a break for a 2 1/2 years and then they had my bike converted to a trike and it feels so good to ride again and to have the wind in my face again," said Lizarraga.