FARMINGTON — The mother of Dennis Arenas, the 37-year-old man who died earlier this week after a motorcycle crash, denies her son's death was a result of the wreck.
Leona Krivokapich said on Thursday that her son had been suffering from hand spasms and slurred speech in the weeks preceding Saturday's crash. His family urged him to see a doctor, fearing for his health.
"He never did go to the doctor," Krivokapich said. "He had high blood pressure, and he was taking blood-pressure medication."
Krivokapich said doctors told her the extensive brain damage her son suffered suggest his death was not caused by the crash.
"His tongue was blue," she said. "All indications suggest that he died of a stroke."
The Farmington Police Department was dispatched at 1:50 p.m. Saturday to an apartment complex at 2705 E. 22nd St. after receiving reports of an injury, according to a department press release.
Witnesses told investigators Arenas had been riding his motorcycle in the parking lot when he lost control and crashed.
Arenas was unconscious, but breathing, and he was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center. He died Tuesday evening, the release states.
Farmington Police Chief Steve Hebbe said police found alcohol at the scene, and a blood test is pending.
"That is why DWI is suspected of having played a role," he said. "I don't know how a doctor could say that alcohol could play no role in the crash."
Krivokapich did not deny her son was drinking, but she does not believe alcohol caused the crash.
"The police never followed up with me," she said. "All they did was wait around long enough to get their blood sample, and they left."
Krivokapich said she and her family stayed at the hospital long after her son had died.
Arenas loved his motorcycle, which he purchased with money he inherited after his father died, his mother said.
Arenas is survived by his wife, Laura, and his two children, Jacob and Sistina.