Jordan Lake, the 16-year-old driver from a fatal Friday morning crash in Mason County, is recovering after having surgery on Saturday.
According to a Facebook post by Jordan's mom, Jennifer Kaminski Lake, her daughter went into surgery early Saturday morning for the injuries she sustained during the crash. Jennifer later posted this update:
"Jordan is back in her room now. Surgery went great and she is doing well."
Spectrum Health said that Jordan is in fair condition.
The crash happened on US-10 and Maple Road, a quarter mile West of Taylor Road in Branch Township. The Mason County Sheriff's Department said that Jordan Lake was driving and lost control of the Chevy Blazer on the icy road and hit a tree while heading to Mason County Eastern schools with her brother and sister.
13-year-old McKenna Lake was the front seat passenger, and received minor injuries. 11-year-old Garrett Lake died at the scene. Sheriff Kim Cole said that Friday was Garrett's birthday.
"It strikes the core of our community and our department and when you make that victim an 11-year-old child, it makes it all the worse," said Cole. "And it's just kind of, it's a finger in the eye when it's on his birthday even. That just is really really tough. I know the deputies that were out there and many of the firefighters were struggling with the fact that it was a small child and it was his birthday, which just compounded it all the more."
Cole said the road was covered with ice Friday morning, and that the emergency crews on scene had trouble standing because the road was so slick. All three children were wearing their seatbelts.
Mason County Eastern School Superintendent Paul Shoup released this statement Friday afternoon:
Mason County Eastern School District was informed this morning about a car accident involving three students. School officials immediately called a crisis response team to assist. Staff and students were notified and counselors from CMH, WSESD, and area schools were available for grief counseling. A message was sent to all MCE school families to make them aware of the incident. Counselors will continue to be available in the upcoming days. We lost a wonderful, loving student today
who touched everyone in our school community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
"Garrett was a kid that would make everyone laugh, and that's how we're trying to remember him, as a kid who would just make everyone laugh," said 10-year-old Walker Spicer, a fellow classmate and friend of Garrett.