Kayla Black, of Murrayville, called it a “true miracle” that her 13-year-old daughter is still alive after a car crash two weeks ago in Tennessee. But the road to recovery will still be tough.
Nevaeh Garland, 13, was seriously injured in the May 15 wreck near Bristol, Tennessee.
“It’s just been a whirlwind of emotions,” Black said.
A Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded around 2:13 a.m. to the crash on Carolina Avenue east of Marlene Drive in an unincorporated part of the county near Bristol, according to the Sheriff’s Office report. The deputy spoke with the driver and two passengers, who said Nevaeh was still in the car and unable to get out.
“They snuck out of the house and went out to a party,” Black said of her 13-year-old daughter, who is enrolled in school in Tennessee.
Law enforcement is still investigating what happened before the crash.
All of them were transported to Bristol Regional Hospital, though the other three people in the car had suspected minor injuries.
Black said Nevaeh was cut out of the car and was put on a ventilator that has since been removed.
Much of the report from the Sheriff’s Office is redacted because the people involved are juveniles.
According to the report, authorities believe the vehicle left the right side of the roadway and sideswiped a tree.
Black said she was called around 3:30 a.m. from the police informing her of the wreck.
“I threw my clothes on and raced up there as soon as I found out,” she said. “It’s about a three-and-a-half- hour drive.”
Black said Nevaeh suffered two deep head gashes and a severe concussion that has affected her memory.
“It’s so much for a 13-year-old to have to go through,” Black said.