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Family of Brighton teen seriously injured in crash releases statement

Posted at: 10/26/2012 11:18 AM
Updated at: 10/26/2012 7:35 PM
By: Joangel Concepcion

School officials say one of the students injured in a serious crash in Brighton is showing signs of improvement.  That has brought a sense of relief to the community. Family members say Scott Collins who was seriously injured when a car crashed into a school bus, less than a month ago, is now able to breathe on his own.

The family says Collins is still in need of continued treatment, but he is at the beginning of what will be a long road to recovery.

It's been weeks since this terrible crash. Collins has been at Strong Memorial Hospital ever since. The driver and other passengers in that car suffered non life threatening injuries.  Collins is the only passenger that remains in the hospital at this hour.

The Brighton School District released a statement on behalf of the Collins family. It says, “

Scott is breathing on his own but is in need of continued treatment. Scott will be undergoing acute intensive therapy at a specialized facility. He is at the beginning of what will be a long road to recovery. The family would like to extend their deepest appreciation for the incredible warmth, kindness and support demonstrated by the Brighton School community. Each and every card and well wish is both shared and appreciated.”

The accident happened off of Warren Avenue back on October 9. Police say John Zakhary was speeding down the road when he slammed into the bus.  The driver and three passengers in that car-were rushed to the hospital, all lucky to be alive. About a week later, police charged Zakhary with a number of violations including reckless driving.

Police have also issued several tickets along Warren Avenue. They have been monitoring the area since the accident. Police have even taken it a step further and placed a "smart trailer" on the road about a week ago. Brighton Police Captain Robert Klein tells News10NBC the machine is monitoring speeds and also the amount of cars that travel down that road. He says there are several through out the town on streets that have caused concern. Police plan to turn in the results to the town. Captain Klein says the town will ultimately decide if there will be any changes to that road in the future.

The school district has been providing counseling services to students and faculty members since the crash and they tell News10NBC they will continue to do so. News10NBC spoke to the mother of one of the passengers in that car. She says she was too emotional to go on camera but is happy about the news.  She said the family thinks about Scott Collins all the time and are still praying for his recovery.