ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Motorcyclist Jesse Briggs was hit on Charles Street near 20th Avenue last Friday, and he is still in the ICU with serious injuries

Briggs and his fiancé Alyssa Jackson have five kids. When family members did hear from him after work on Friday, they knew that something was up.

“I’m waiting for him to come home and he hasn’t come home, and then jokingly she said there was a motorcycle accident down the street from our house,” Jackson said.

“I actually seen the report on the news,” said April Briggs, Jesse’s mother. “I couldn’t tell if it was his bike or not. I kinda felt like it was him.”

Jackson and Briggs thought that it was a regular Friday when she went to Zumba and he left for work on his bike. They did not expect it to be one of the worst days of their lives. Jackson ran to the scene at Charles and 20th after hearing of a crash, and her heart dropped when she saw the bike.

“It’s like you get that feeling like something is wrong but you don’t know, and then, yeah, it sucks so bad I wanted to faint,” Jackson said.

Briggs is in the ICU. He lost his spleen and part of his liver, has a broken leg and internal bleeding, blood clots in his lungs and heart and is in a medically induced coma. His family said that it is torture seeing him in the hospital.

“It’s just a really bad accident, but it just makes it worst that you know the person just left him,” Jackson said.

Samantha Colson is a friend of the couple, and she started a fundraiser so the family can focus on Briggs’ recovery.

“That is what she needs to focus on, is, you know, being there for Jesse and also being there for the kids, because there are five kids that are hurting,” Colson said.

Briggs’ family said that they are grateful for the support and prayers, and urged drivers to be more aware of motorcyclists.

“At the end of the day, we’re all somebody’s loved one, so you have to think about everyone, not just about yourself,” Jackson said. “And just being in a rush, you know. You gotta think just about other people, that’s the biggest thing.”

Any information on the crash should be given to the Rockford Police Department, 815-966-2900, or through the TIP 411 app. Residents who wish to support the family can do so on Colson’s GoFundMe page.