Chelsea High School student injured in traffic accident wakes up from coma
The Chelsea High School student who was severely injured in a traffic accident while running during practice has woken up from a coma, according to Facebook page set up for him.
Kersch Ray, 13, is a Chelsea High School freshman and has been identified as one of 2 cross-country team runners who was hit by a vehicle on the morning of Sept. 2 at Old US-12 and Freer Road.
Michael Ray, Kersch’s father, posted on the Prayers for Kersch Facebook page that Kersch woke up Monday and is going to be moved from the University of Michigan Health System Trauma Center to the hospital’s rehabilitation center, where he’s expected to stay for at least 1 month.
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Kersch suffered 2 broken legs and a closed head injury, which required a portion of his skull to be removed to relieve pressure on his brain, according to a Facebook event to raise money for the family.
Officials at the University of Michigan Health System could not provide a condition update on Kersch because the Ray family had requested that the hospital not release any information.
Attempts to reach the Ray family were unsuccessful on Monday.
The Chelsea Police Department and Chelsea School District are conducting investigations into the incident.
Chelsea Superintendent Dave Killips said last week that the boys and girls cross country teams will no longer run on area roads before dawn or after sunset. It had been common practice for the teams to run during the hours before sunrise to train for competitions.
Killips did not return a message left for him Monday afternoon.
Chelsea police Chief Ed Toth said Monday there is no update on the investigation into what happened during the crash on the morning of Sept. 2. He said the Chelsea police are interviewing about 20 people, including men’s cross-country team coach Eric Swager and athletic director Mike Kapolka, about the incident.
In addition, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a separate traffic investigation, and the 2 agencies will compare notes to see what matches up. It’s expected to be at least a few weeks until more information is going to be available, Toth said.
“Unfortunately, in these types of situations, it just takes time,” Toth said.
An account has been set up for the Ray family to help the family pay for Kersch’s medical bills. Anyone interested in giving money can send donations to the Chelsea State Bank, 1010 Main St. in Chelsea, courtesy of the Kersch Ray Medical Fund.
There also will be a fundraiser from 9-11:30 p.m. Saturday at Big League Brews, 20428 Ecorse Road in Taylor. There will be a 50/50 raffle and bracelets sold for $5 that will allow for drink specials the rest of the night.
There will be another event to raise money for the Ray family at 3 p.m. Oct. 9 at The Hooch in Dearborn Heights. The $15 charge for the event includes an all-you-can-eat nacho bar, a soft drink and a raffle ticket.