Golden Knights Seriously Injured in Bicycle Accident


SFC Sanborn, Chicago Water and Air Show

7:00 a.m. Sunday, September 9, the Black Demonstration Team Leader SFC  Howard Sanborn and SGT Jonathan Lopez were hit by a car while bicycling along the shoulder of Highway 63 near La Plata, MO.

SGT Jonathan Lopez



The  two Knights’ were returning to their hotel from a twenty mile ride when a car driven by a 24-year-old Minister, Nathan Worstell crossed over onto the shoulder of the road and hit Sanborn ejecting him across the road. Sanborn’s bike was propelled into Lopez.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Sanborn and Lopez were both transported by Air Evacuation helicopters to University Hospital in Columbia, MO. around 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

Lopez was released from the hospital after treatment for numerous contusions, and lacerations requiring over 100 stitches to his face. Lopez returned home to Fort Bragg with his team and is expected to make a complete recovery.

Sanborn is still hospitalized and in serious condition following two operations and will require extensive treatment.


SFC Howard Sanborn

Sanborn, who is in extreme athlete, qualified in his age group for triathlon Nationals and has been mentoring Lopez to compete in an upcoming triathlon later this year.

 Howie always helps to encourage others to eat nutritionally well balanced meals and exercise. He is even a Yoga instructor that leads his team mates through invigorating workouts on a regular basis.

SFC Adrian Hill, said “Howie is one of my best friends, he’s everyone’s friend. He is just an awesome guy!” I came to this team because I admire the complete professionalism of this entire team.”

Saturday night the United States Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights Black Demonstration Team jumped at the Truman State University Football game in Kirksville, Mo. and presented the President of the University a baton flown in free fall by the team.

Sunday eight members of the team made a jump for the Kirksville 2012 Air Festival and then spent the rest of the day supporting their team mates.

Sanborn’s zeal and enthusiastic debonair character is infectious and continually is displayed as he builds his team spirit based on mutual respect.

The entire Golden Knight Family are pulling together to support Howie and are praying for a quick recovery.

Thank you for all for the calls and support from our extended family and we will keep you posted as he progresses.

  • Tony Sanborn

    My brother is a great man. He is someone that everyone can look up to and strive to be like. Nothing slows him down. Our entire family is praying for him

    • Steve Cook

      Totally agree, Tony. Our family is praying for him too.

  • Linda Perkins

    Howie is an awsome person he made a lasting impession on my 2 year old grandson when he met Howie for the first time a year ago and Howie grew up with my son and son in law and nephew our prayers and thoughts are with him and his family

  • Adrian

    Yes he is Tony. Howie has been like a brother to me. I am blessed and honored to call him my friend! We love you “Awesome” and will be praying for a speedy recovery!

    • Tony Sanborn

      Thank you for always being there Adrian. Stay Safe!

    • Jaime Sanborn

      Thank you Adrian, I am Howie’s sister and I have never been more grateful to anyone as much as I am towards you and the team. I am so glad he has you all. Howie is Superman and a surivor and with the love and support he has he will triumph! All my love to all of you and all my thanks and gratitude

  • Jaime Sanborn

    My brother is one of the most amazing people I have ever known, with his money maker and personality nothing will hold him back. So grateful he has such an amazing group of people at his side it makes being so far from him at such a crucial time a little easier to handle.

  • Anonymous

    Thinking and praying for you. Mike and Chris, two media members on the morning Labor Day performance in Cleveland.

    • Tony Sanborn

      thank you for thinking of my brother and praying for him :)

  • SSG Bennett, John

    Howie, sorry to hear about what happened to you and Lopez people need pay a lot more attention when driving. I hope you make a full recovery and get back to doing what you love the most.

  • David johnston

    Thoughts and prayers from Alton Bay!! We wish you a speedy recovery Howie!

  • Carol Sanborn

    I can’t say enough about the Golden Knights to impress upon everyone the code of conduct they uphold. They are the best of the best and it”s not just because Howie is my son. In all of the years my son has been associated with these men I have never met one that didn’t treat both each other and everyone they meet with total respect. They have a bond that can never be broken and have stood by my son and my family thru this critical time. The words Thank you don’t seem to be enough. I can never repay them for their kindness and generosity.

    • Steve Cook

      Hi Carol. What you say about the Golden Knights is so true. Howie and the Golden Knights organization exemplify what is best of our men and women in uniform. Howie is such a great young man and we’ve known him since he and Dan qualified for the team six years ago. We love his buoyant character and great sense of humor. My wife Sherilyn and I were blessed to spend some special time with Howie in Anchorage about a month ago as the black team performed there. We were shocked and very distressed Sunday to hear the news about him and John. A lot of people in Loveland, CO, are praying for Howie. Our son Dan is with him and updating us on his progress. God bless you and your family.

  • Michael Carnevale

    I just heard what happened. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.

  • Wyatt

    I’m glad you’re alive, we’re all thinking about you and Lilly Bugs is waiting for you to come home.

  • Jeff Snavely

    I was Howie’s roommate the first two years we were in LRS.. he was definitely like a brother to me. This tragedy couldn’t have happened to a more sincere man and friend. But also, it couldn’t have happened to someone who is any more of a fighter and survivor.. I am certain he will pull through just fine. I remember driving him up to NH and meeting some of you (the family).. OiMy thoughts and prayers are with him and you now. RLTW Howie.. Get well soon! -Snavely

  • Michael Mulligan

    SFC Sanborn, you don’t know me, but I’m praying for a speedy and full recovery here from the USO in New York City. Howie’s family, if there’s anything we can do, let us know.

  • Jason Leary

    I met Howie last year in El Paso. He is a good man and a lot of fun to hang out with. I know he will pull through like the true warrior he is. Sending thoughts, prayers and well wishes from Texas for a speedy and 100% recovery. Hang in there, Howie. Keep the fight strong, Airborne!

  • rgrking

    I had the opportunity to meet Ranger Sanborn yesterday. What a great example of Readily will I display the intestinal fortitude. Thank God for his teammate and girlfriend for being there with him. It was my honor to have been near those men. RLTW!

  • Dory the optimist

    Congrats to Howie and his new bride Faith!! They will survive this together and may they have a lifetime of love, friendship and happiness.

  • Dee Englehart

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you. Stay strong and know that there are many people around the country who are supporting you at this difficult time. Thank you for your service to our country, take care, and get well soon.

  • Scott

    I realize that many of the people who have posted comments here are close friends and family. Although I am neither of the above, I thought it might be important to both Howie and his friends and family to point out, as I’m sure many of you already know, how many other people in the world Howie has touched. I am an executive at the New York Yankees and was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to ride along with Howie and the Golden Knights when they jumped into Yankee Stadium this summer. Despite the short time that we spent together, it is easy to see that Howie is a great man and a fantastic ambassador for the Army. My thoughts and prayers are with Howie and his family. My family and I wish him the best during his recovery. I sent Howie a card with my contact information if there is every anything I could do. Best of luck.

    • Howard Sanborn II

      Hi Scott,
      I am Howie’s dad. Although we knew Howie and all the Golden knights mee many people, we didn’t realize how many could remember Howie personnally. He loves the Army and his job. He has always been an outgoing and peronable person. I don’t know how he survived this terrible accident but he is determined to rebuild his life no matter what the final outcome of his injuries. I thank you for your prayers and support. Hopefully, you’ll be able to meet Howie again next year when the Knights “Drop-in” for a visit.

  • Rosimar Melendez

    Howie – you are still in our thoughts and prayers…close to our hearts every single day!

  • Bobby Coble

    Is there any way we can get an update on SFC Sanborn?

  • Howard Sanborn II

    Thanks to all of you who are supporting Howie. You all know Howie and you know this won’t keep him down long. HOOAH! -RLTW-

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