LaGrange County teen in critical condition, sisters injured in car accident


A Lagrange County teen is in critical condition more than four days after a car accident left two sisters with serious injuries.

Sixteen-year-old Jaid Rex was air-lifted to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne Thursday morning after the car she was riding in collided with a pick-up truck at the intersection of State Road 5 and County Road 200.

Her sister, Mikayla Rex,18, was driving the pair to Westview High School that morning, where they are both students. She said her vision was obstructed by large snow banks piled at the intersection and their car was t-boned by the oncoming truck.

The girls’ family said Mikayla suffered a crushed pelvis and a lacerated liver, but should be released from the hospital soon.

Jaid is currently in a medically induced coma, recovering from a fractured sternum, fractured pelvis, collapsed lungs and a lacerated kidney and liver.

“Her parents were told she could wake up in 24-48 hours, but yesterday they were told it could be 7 more days before she wakes up,” said the girls’ aunt, Wendy Rex.

The family created a facebook page called Rex Strong to help support the girls in their recoveries. They’ve received messages and donations from people far and wide asking how they can help.

“We appreciate everybody's support and willingness to help out and donate,” said the girls’ uncle, Larry Rex. “The family appreciates all this.”

Some students at Westview High School are planning on wearing blue this week in support of the girls’ full recovery.

“Jaid’s a fighter,” Wendy Rex said. “She’s always been that way. She's got that Rex blood in her and that makes her fight.”


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