Communities rallying behind teens injured in crash

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UPDATE: IU Health Methodist Hospital confirms that one of the two sisters involved in the crash has been discharged from the hospital.  The other sister remains hospitalized in good condition, while Michael Williams remains listed in critical condition.  A source tells FOX59 that the sister who has left the hospital was the only person wearing a seat belt in that car.

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A 16-year-old high school student is fighting for his life following a serious crash Tuesday in Johnson county.

The crash involved multiple vehicles and happened right after school at the intersection of U.S. 31 and Tracy Road, police dispatchers confirmed.

Three teens from one of the cars were rushed to IU Health Methodist Hospital. Michael Williams, 16, is still in critical condition after undergoing brain surgery. The two other girls, who are sisters, are listed in good condition.

“We just have to take it one day at a time. [Doctors] don’t really want to make any predictions,” said Cliff Williams, Michael’s uncle. “It’s a struggle for the family at this point. We’re just going to continue to pray and hope that he gets through this tragedy.”

It didn’t take long for the community to come together. Students gathered for a prayer circle at the high school Wednesday morning. Employees at Kacey’s Pizza Spot even changed the signboard outside the joint for Michael.

The outpouring support spread on social media through the Twitter feed #FightBigMike. Within hours, it became a trending topic.

“We’re constantly tweeting about him,” said Miranda Lafata, Michael’s friend. “We wanted to make sure he knew he had his own way of touching everyone.”

“I just became very emotional when I saw that a community can come together so fast,” Cliff said. “Prayers are the key. We want to continue to pray that he gets out of this coma.”

Michael’s family said the community support is what’s keeping them strong. They’re also hoping to remind teens the importance of safety behind the wheel. Reports said the teens were not wearing seat belts. Excessive speed may have been a factor in the crash.

“Seat belts are very important. Make sure you strap up. It could save a life.”

Family has set up a donation fund to help with Michael’s medical expenses. If you would like to help out, click here