A Texas teenager was left in a medically induced coma after she was involved in a violent rollover crash while driving to her high school homecoming parade.
Zoe Moody had been nominated as a homecoming princess at Bridgeland High School and was supposed to ride on a float in the Monday night parade before tragedy struck, KHOU reported.
The 16-year-old and her friends were heading towards the school when their car crashed on the Grand Parkway in Cypress, about 20 miles outside of downtown Houston, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office
Moody, who was driving, was ejected from the vehicle as it rolled over several times. Police said it appeared she may have tried to take a last-second exit off the highway and that speed may have been a factor.
She was airlifted to an area hospital and a passenger was also transported to a hospital by ambulance, according to KPRC-TV.
Over 30 friends, coaches and school staff showed up at the hospital waiting room Monday night to show their support for Moody, Shayla Northcutt, Moody’s auntie and longtime family friend, told KHOU.
Days later, she remains in a coma. She broke both her femurs and patellas, has fractures throughout her face and swelling in her brain, Northcutt said.
She is expected to survive but the road to recovery is expected to be lengthy and arduous.
“That’s the biggest thing, she’s still here and that could’ve been completely fatal,” Northcutt told the outlet. “Zoe’s too stubborn, she’s going to fight this.”.
A GoFundMe campaign for Moody has raised over $30,000 to help her family cover medical expenses.