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By Dave Herrera | Aug. 29, 2016 | 2:30 p.m.
Adam Martinez is lucky to be alive today.
A little more than a month ago, Martinez—better known as Dent, a seasoned veteran of the Denver hip-hop scene—was crossing the street at 38th and Wadsworth in Wheat Ridge when he was struck by a Ford F-450 truck. The force of the impact was so great that it projected the rapper nearly 150 feet. The motorist, who stayed on the scene, was ticketed in the incident, which left with Martinez temporarily unconscious with significant injuries.
After being treated at St. Anthony’s Hospital & Medical Campus in Lakewood for his injuries, the MC was released after just five days. He’s since made a recovery that is nothing short of miraculous. Last week, he shared before and after pictures of himself on Facebook, and the images are harrowing. In contrast, the transformation is seriously staggering.
The recent photos look like they were taken a year later, not a month. Martinez sustained significant facial injuries, and he lost four teeth in the terrifying ordeal, but you’d never know it from the pictures of him now. The wound has healed so well, in fact, that Martinez genuinely looks no worse for the wear. “I feel like I’ve got some Wolverine in me or something,” he says now, marveling. “I can’t explain it. It was not even a month ago, and I’m walking!”
According to Martinez, the collision took place at the end of July when he was walking to work. It happened sometime around 7:30 a.m. during rush hour. Martinez was on his way to get some breakfast at McDonald's and was waiting to cross the intersection at Wadsworth and 38th Avenue in Wheat Ridge when the truck hit him. He did not see it coming, and that's what saved him. “The doctor said the reason why I lived was because I didn’t see it coming,” says Martinez. “They said I just went with the impact. I just rolled with it.
“I was unconscious for a minute,” says Martinez. “I woke up in the middle of the street. I was like, ‘Yo, what happened?’ They [the other motorists who stopped] were like, ‘You just got hit by a truck.’ I was like, ‘Huh?’ I was excited when I woke up, because I could feel my legs; I thought that was a good thing. So I tried to walk it off. They were like, ‘Wait a minute.’ They were in shock.
“The first responders and the EMTs followed [me to the hospital] and stayed in my room with me, like I was someone from a different planet or something,” he remembers. “They were like, ‘Man, we’ve been in this field for so long, it’s pretty traumatic and pretty sad. So when we see somebody get hit as hard as you had and you rolled off of it like it was nothing, you have angels around you.’”
One of the first folks on the scene, a firefighter who witnessed the incident on his way to work, expressed similar awestruck sentiments.
“He followed me to the hospital, and he told me, ‘Man, I’ve been a believer in God, and I’ve been going to church since I was younger, but then I started to not really believe too much. But, man, when I saw how you got hit, it was like something supernatural was protecting you, and it freaked me out. I couldn’t explain it.’ He was like, ‘Thank you for restoring my faith in God. You had something from out of this world helping you, and it was visible to the eyes.’”
Martinez, too, is convinced that divine intervention allowed him to survive. After all, what else could explain how he’s bounced back so quickly without any long term damage? In addition to the injuries to his face, Martinez says his midsection was badly bruised. A battery of tests later revealed that he had suffered no broken bones and there was no internal damage to be found beyond the bruising. “I’ve been telling everybody that, cognitively, your brain can go to mush,” he says. “But I’m still rhyming and I’m better than ever.”
Getting to live to see another day is a gift, and Martinez isn’t taking a single moment for granted. From being able to be the best man in his brother’s wedding this past weekend to spending quality time with his kids to having the chance to keep on making music, Martinez has a renewed passion for living that’s unmistakable, as is his gratitude.
In addition to offering effusive praise to God and his grace, Martinez freely praises all the medical personnel who attended to him, from the first responders at the scene to the staff at St. Anthony’s, “one of the best hospitals ever,” he says.
“I feel like I cheated death and I have another chance to get right and do right,” he says. “I’ve got too much to live for, and I’ve got too much love in my heart.”
Martinez himself is beloved, and he's been a big part of the scene for years. So it’s not surprising to see that a GoFundMe campaign, which was set up in his name shortly after he was hospitalized, has already raised more than half of its $5,000 goal. The amount of support he’s received has enlivened him even more.
“The love I received from the community—bro!” Martinez concludes. “Man, homies I haven’t talked to in years, called me. And all my RadioBum brothers, all my LOF brothers, all my RTD brothers—man, I got an abundance of love. I got so much love.
"I'm blessed just to be able to communicate," he concludes. "That's what it's about."