Young Florida man remains brain injured from car crash

January 8th, 2013 - by niftyadmin


A Florida family’s lives have changed ever since their son was involved in a devastating car crash in 2010. The young man’s parents purchased a Corvette for him as a gift. What better way to test the speed of the race car, than in a controlled drag race?

Certainly illegal drag racing on city streets is dangerous and could never be condoned because of the possibility of being involved in a serious car accident. However, the family assumed that it would be safe to drag race at the western Palm Beach County speed track, a venue they believed was designed for just this purpose. The family even had their video camera ready for the race.

As the family stood by and watched the race, they quickly realized something went terribly wrong when the Corvette did not stop as it should have. Instead, it crashed beyond the race track into a gravel pit and a stack of tires, not the safest choice for the end of a race track.

As the family stood by and watched the race, they quickly realized something went terribly wrong when the Corvette did not stop as it should have. Instead, it crashed beyond the race track into a gravel pit and a stack of tires, not the safest choice for the end of a race track.

The boy’s body was intact with barely any trauma. It was his head, however, that was severely injured, and doctors did not know if they could save his life. They did, but he spent one month in the ICU at St. Mary’s in West Palm followed by a year in a rehabilitation facility.

What the family would discover over the next three years is that his brain was so severely damaged that he may likely never recover from the traumatic brain injury he suffered in the crash.

The young man, once an avid swimmer, is unable to talk and is confined to a wheelchair. The family’s home has been retrofitted to become handicapped accessible. The boy’s father has since retired from his profession to assist his son full-time with the hope of recovery. Father and son travel to the Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation, three hours from their home, in order to receive extensive therapy during the week, and then return home on weekends.

Obviously this young man’s life-altering injury has affected every aspect of his and his family’s life. The family has filed personal injuries lawsuits on their son’s behalf, hoping to uncover the reason why the car failed to stop appropriately, and how to prevent another such devastating brain injury in a drag racing accident.

Source: The Palm Beach Post, “Casey’s Journey: After a devastating brain injury, one young man and his family doggedly pursue recovery,” Leslie Gray Streeter, Jan. 6, 2013

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