BROWNSBURG, Ind.-- A Brownsburg High School football player is in a medically-induced coma after a crash Sunday morning.
Matt Turk, 18, was critically injured in the crash on County Road 500 North. He has several broken bones, but is said to be responding well to treatment.
Investigators believe the vehicle was traveling eastbound on County Road 500 North when the 17-year-old driver lost control of the vehicle, which left the roadway and struck a tree.
All three occupants of the vehicle were injured as a result of the collision. The driver and the front seat passenger, who identified as 18-year-old Derrick Lucas, were restrained by a seatbelt. Turk was in the back seat and not restrained at the time of the crash.
Although Matt Turk did not show up to school Monday and was not physically on the football field at Brownsburg High School his friends and teammates say they are holding him in their hearts and prayers while he recovers.
"If Matt was not here, I feel like things for me would just not be the same...like at all," said Turk's girlfriend Ashley Nicholas.
Brownsburg High School Principal Kert Boedicker sent a note to students, parents and faculty Monday, providing an update on Turk's condition:
"It is with great optimism that I send you this email to you regarding Matt Turk's condition. Matt is responding well to his treatment and is stabilizing. Matt remains in the ICU, while still in a medically-induced coma, his brain activity is showing very promising signs and his vital signs have also regulated to a good level. Matt must remain stable, still in critical condition, for next 48 hours, and then the team of doctors (providing) his care will determine the next course of action to repair several broken bones, lacerations and dislocations. Matt has a fractured femur and several facial fractures that will require surgery.
"Matt's parents appreciate all the support from our staff and have given consent to share his progress with you. Matt has a very difficult journey to recovery and he needs our thoughts and prayers to help him endure the coming days, they are going to be very challenging. When we are provided additional information in respect to Matt's condition we will share with you immediately..."
The football team posted updates on Twitter after the crash Sunday. People have been using the hashtag #MattTurkStrong to send well wishes. The Brownsburg Bull Dogs are training for their sectional football game which is this Friday. Turk is a defensive back and played his heart out every game. It is his competitive spirit and never quit attitude that his teammates believe will help him pull through the injuries.
"We are all a big family and he is a huge brother to us. It sucks to see a brother go down like that, but hopefully we see him out there real soon," said Brownsburg Bull Dog football player Matt Runyon.