ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — A Hononegah senior suffered horrific injuries after his vehicle was struck by a box truck on N. Meridian Road on Tuesday, and now friends of the family have organized a fundraiser to help offset medical costs.
According to the Winnebago County Sheriff, around 2 p.m. deputies responded to the 3700 block, near Dickenson Road, where the box truck and the passenger vehicle collided.
Police said a 17-year-old driver and 17-year-old passenger were both taken to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.
Police said the passenger car was eastbound on Dickenson and the box truck southbound on Meridian at the time of the crash.
Danna Krischke identified Quinn James as one of the victims in a GoFundMe. Krischke wrote on GoFundMe, “The extent of his injuries are unimaginable. Every bone in his face is broken or crushed, including the roof of his mouth and jaw. He will require more surgeries than I can comprehend. Currently, they are focusing on his base skull fracture, brain bleed, collapsed lung, kidney, liver, and spleen damage, as well as fluid in his abdomen. He is currently in a medically induced coma hoping to allow his body time to rest enough to start recovery.”
According to Krischke, Quinn is a senior at Hononegah High School and had plans to go into the Navy following graduation.
A GoFundMe was also started, by Regena Florisi, for the other injured teen, Connor Sorn, who suffered a cracked ribs, punctured lung, kidney, spleen damage, brain bleed and cracked pelvic bone.
“Any support or encouraging thoughts would be so appreciated, this would be helping his mom who is taking time off of her personally owned business, driving back and forth, including meals and to help manage the financial burden along with medical expenses that are bound to add up quickly,” Florisi wrote.
Due to the severity of their injuries, both teens were flown to the UW Children’s Hospital in Madison and are in critical condition.
The accident is still under investigation.