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Driver in Monroe High School prom night crash hospitalized to deal with trauma

Posted at 11:08 PM, May 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-02 07:51:50-04

MONROE, Ohio -- The driver of a Tesla crash that injured three teens and killed a fourth remains in Children's Hospital. 

Police believe she had been speeding on her way to Monroe High School's prom when an attempt at course-correction became a spinning, crunching crash, which in turn became an ambulance ride and then, on Monday, the news that 17-year-old Kaylie Jackson had died of her injuries. 

The crash flung Jackson, who was not wearing a seatbelt, through the car's windshield, police said. 

The driver's worst wounds are emotional, her father said Tuesday, and they run deep. 

Although doctors released her and the other two surviving victims from West Chester Hospital over the weekend, she entered counseling at Children's right after.

Her father has visited the Millikin Road site of the crash every day since it happened, grappling each time with the mere seconds that ended Jackson's life and sent shockwaves rippling through countless others.

"This is very hard on my daughter, and it will take time and counseling and prayer to get her through this," he wrote in a text message. "Please know that my heart goes out to all the parents."

Why aren't we naming our source?

In this case, identifying the driver's father would likely identify the driver herself, who is a minor and does not face any criminal charges. The identities of the two minors named in this story -- Kaylie Jackson and Mitchell Foster Jr. -- were disclosed by police and by Foster's family, respectively. 

Eighteen-year-old Mitchell Foster Jr., one of the car's passengers, said he had no memory of the crash itself -- only of waking up in the hospital with a broken jaw and nose. 

"I'm grateful to God that my son is still alive," his father, Mitchell Foster Sr., told the Journal-News.

On Tuesday night, the driver's father said the entire Monroe High School community had provided a support system for the families affected by the crash. He described his daughter as an honor roll student and a typically good driver whom he had trusted behind the wheel of the Tesla.

No charges have been filed against his daughter, and police do not believe drugs or alcohol were involved in the wreck.