Teen critical after accident
NAPPANEE — A Nappanee teen remained in critical condition Friday afternoon after an accident Thursday evening at NorthWood High School following a school event.
Tori Graff, 18, of Nappanee was standing on the rear bumper of a pickup truck driven by Ryan Kelly, 18, when she fell and struck her head on the pavement around 9 p.m. Thursday, May 30, according to Nappanee police.
Another person was standing on the truck’s side running board at the time of the accident and was unharmed. All three students are seniors at the school, according to Nappanee Police Chief Julie Dijkstra.
NorthWood High School Principal David Maugel said the incident occurred as students were leaving the annual Senior Luau event.
Maugel said Graff had sustained several fractures to her skull and a broken clavicle.
He said that as of Friday morning, Graff was in a medically induced coma as doctors worked to control bleeding and swelling in her brain.
“On behalf of NorthWood, our prayers are with her and her family,” Maugel said. “We hope to be able to give the family space in this critical time and touch base with them next week to see if there is anything we can do to help.”
Emergency dispatchers said Thursday Graff was unconscious and breathing with a laceration to the head when crews arrived on the scene.