WALLINGFORD — A Sheehan High School student has returned home as he continues to recover from serious injuries suffered in a car accident last month, while a second student involved in the crash hopes to return to school next week.
Ernest Childers, father of 15-year-old Tre Childers, said his son returned home from Gaylord Hospital on Thursday and will continue to receive outpatient treatment through Gaylord. Tre Childers suffered life-threatening injuries in the March 16 crash, including a traumatic brain injury, collapsed lung and fractured orbital socket, his father said.
“Tre’s doing pretty good,” the father said. “He came home from Gaylord Thursday and this was his first weekend not being in the hospital in over a month...He’s glad to get out of the hospital setting.”
Sixteen-year-old Jordan Davis, the other student injured, was released from the hospital last month after suffering a head injury and severe leg injury. His mother, Tammy Davis, said her son is hoping to return to school next week.
The accident occurred at about 3 p.m. on March 16 on Highland Avenue, north of Route 68. Davis and Childers were driving from a Sheehan football team meeting when Davis, the driver, lost control and struck a tree. Both students had to be extricated from the totaled 2009 Toyota Scion TC.
Ernest Childers said his son is continuing to show progress, adding that most of Tre’s cognitive skills, such as speech, and motor function, have returned to or are approaching normal. He added that his son is still experiencing some memory and balance issues.
Tre Childers was initially treated at Yale-New Haven Hospital before being transferred to Gaylord. Ernest Childers hopes his son will be able to return to school on a limited basis before the end of the school year.
“That's the ultimate short term goal, but now we gotta see,” he said. “We gotta start slowly with it.”
Tammy Davis and Ernest Childers both noted the amount of support the students have received from classmates and the community over the past month.
“They pretty much have the same friend group and these boys have been amazing, and the way the community has rallied behind the boys is amazing,” Tammy Davis said.
“The outpouring of support from this community has been overwhelming man, overwhelming,” Ernest Childers said.
A GoFundMe page created last month for Childers’ medical costs raised $21,730, while $9,725 was donated to a page created for Davis’ expenses.
The Sheehan and Lyman Hall softball teams will raise money for the families during a game Wednesday. The game, which starts at 6 p.m. at Pragemann Park, Field 5, at 31 Oak St, will include a 50/50 raffle and food truck from Ted’s Steamed Cheeseburgers.
Sheehan athletic director Chris Dailey said members of the softball team came up with the idea to raise money at the game.
“I know that it’s something the girls really wanted to do to help their classmates and friends,” Dailey said.
Ernest Childers said his daughter, a Sheehan student, will throw out the first pitch at the game.