A teenager who survived an evening crash that killed two of his friends struggled to speak as he recalled the horrific collision.
Jaxon Smith was repeatedly overcome with emotion while discussing Saturday’s disaster in Arcadia, Indiana, in which his old friend Kalen Hart, 18, and boyfriend Lendon Byram were killed.
He showed his injuries – including a seriously swollen foot, as well as a bruised and scraped leg – while recalling the WTHR accident.
Smith, who says he can’t remember taking pictures before he took off, or the impact itself, added: ‘I have a concussion, a cut on my upper lip.
“I think my right rotator cuff might be torn.”
Jaxon Smith struggled to speak when interviewed about Saturday’s prom night crash in Indiana that killed his friend Kalen Smith and Smith’s friend Lendon Byram.
To explain the emotional impact of the smash, which occurred before the four friends even arrived at Hamilton Heights High School for the party, Smith had to pause again when he said, “ Kalen is one of my best friends, and I – not me. know. It will be difficult.
‘I remember bits and pieces of the accident. I remember certain sequences, I remember the other girl asking me to get out of the car. ‘
It’s unclear whether Smith was referring to Hart, who died, or his own girlfriend, who was in the back of the car with him and also survived.
Smith, a senior at Hamilton Heights High, said he feels lucky to have survived the horrific smash, which is still under investigation.
“I shouldn’t be running today,” he said. ‘I shouldn’t be talking to you right now, but I am. God has a plan for me. ‘
In tribute to Hart, who attended Hamilton Heights High and Byram, who was a junior at Cathedral High School, Smith added, “They were good people.” He said Hart was like a sister to him and added, “They didn’t deserve what happened.”
Police are still investigating the crash that happened in Arcadia on Saturday night, but said it initially didn’t seem like alcohol or drugs played a role in the wreckage.
The crash occurred when an SUV crashed into the Honda with the four teens, the ball being canceled when news of the tragedy broke.
Byram, a junior at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, was driving the Honda at the time.
The SUV driver was also a high school student, but they refused medical treatment. Authorities have not released that driver’s name, but say they do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor in the fatal disaster.
Both cars ended up in a meadow as a result of the crash.
According to WHAS, researchers have since reconstructed the weekend accident and mapped the locations of both cars with a drone.
Now authorities are looking at event data recorders from both cars to determine each driver’s speed, when they apply the brakes, and other driving habits.
Smith doesn’t even remember taking prom photos before the crash.
One thing he remembers, however, is that one of the other girls told him to get out of the car.
“This will be with me until the day I die,” Smith said.
Kalen Hart, 18, and her boyfriend Lendon Byram were killed in the crash. They are pictured above posing for photos shortly before getting into the car that crashed and killed them
Hart and Byram had been in a relationship since the beginning of the year.
The couple visited Hart’s father and posed together for photos in their prom outfits before heading to her mother’s house.
The crash happened on the way.
Hart’s devastated mother, Jody Bartrom Conaway, wrote on Facebook that she didn’t even see her daughter in her ball gown.
“My 18-year-old daughter and her boyfriend died in a car accident on her way to the prom,” she wrote on Facebook.
Hart’s devastated mother, Jody Bartrom Conaway, wrote on Facebook that she didn’t even see her daughter in her ball gown. The couple visited Hart’s father and posed together for photos in their prom outfits before heading to her mother’s house. The crash happened on the way
Hart and Byram, pictured together above, had been dating since the beginning of the year
In an emotional interview with WTHR, Hart’s mother Jody Conaway, pictured, said, “There are so many people who loved her. While my heart is breaking, my heart hurts for them too ‘
‘I haven’t even seen my daughter in her prom dress. I love you so much, Kalen Rae! I am so proud of the young woman you were becoming. Take it easy, my little girl. ‘
In an emotional interview with WTHR, Conaway said, ‘There are so many people who loved her. While my heart is breaking, my heart hurts for them too.
She described her daughter’s boyfriend as ‘sweet and respectful’.
Superintendent Derek Arrowood released a statement after the fatal crash saying all prom-related activities would be canceled.
“We share our sincere condolences to the families of the students affected by this tragedy,” Arrowood said.
Nobody expects something like this to happen, and when it does, it makes an entire community mourn. Please keep these families and our students in your thoughts and prayers. ‘
Several vigils were held for the two teenagers over the weekend online fundraising sites set up to cover the cost of the funerals have already raised more than $ 23,000.