Father of sole survivor of crash talks about ordeal

- The father of the sole survivor of a horrific car crash which claimed the lives of three high school students is speaking about his child’s ordeal.

Mesiah Allen, 17, is recovering at Gwinnett Medical Center almost a week after suffering serious injuries in the crash. He was the only Meadowcreek High School student to survive the accident.

Alexander Allen said his son’s road to recovery will be long. While he said he is grateful his son is here, he also said his son was devastated when he heard about his friends. Naseer Alwakeel, 16, Brandon Martinez, and Nelson Umanzor, both 18, were killed in the crash.

Mr. Allen said it was hard to break the news to his son saying he cried for hours following the news.

The four teens had just left the school following the Homecoming game Friday night when, according to the Gwinnett County Police Department, the driver swerved to avoid an accident, lost control, sending the car airborne into a guardrail and a tree.

Mr. Allen said Mesiah’s face is swollen from a broken nose and other broken bones. He has a cracked rib, a broken leg, and other cuts as well as bruises. He just had surgery on his leg.

He said it has been understandably hard for him and his son, but his friends and family have been coming around to decorate his room with balloons, cards, and posters to help him in the recovery process.

Mr. Allen hopes to take Mesiah home in the coming days, but said his son will still need surgery to his face.

An online account has been set up to help the family offset medical costs. Anyone who would like to donate can do so at gofundme.com/messiah-allen

Police said the investigation into the accident is ongoing, but investigators said they are looking into if speed may have been a contributing factor.

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