Two teens remain hospitalized from crash
By Barbara Norton
Two of the four Poway High students injured in a three-vehicle collision on Twin Peaks Road Sept. 5 remain hospitalized,with one still in a coma, according to a Tuesday night update from a school official.
The other two boys have returned to school. The boys were in the same vehicle on their way home from school at the time of the collision.
They were identified by school Principal Scott Fisher as Michael Bryant, a senior; Matthew Bryant, a sophomore; and seniors Joseph Casteloes and Christian Islay.
Michael, 17, and his brother, Matthew, 15, were taken by air ambulance to Scripps La Jolla Hospital in critical condition, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. Both suffered major head trauma.
“Matthew remains in a coma but shows increased signs of movement daily,” Fisher said in an email to the News Chieftain Tuesday night. “He is able to squeeze his parents’ hands and open his eyes for very brief periods of time (one to five seconds). The extent of his head injury is still unknown, though several of his bones are healing after surgery.”
His brother, Michael, is out of ICU and should be out of the hospital in the next two weeks, according to Fisher. He has several broken bones, has had several surgeries and is expected to make a full recovery.
The other two boys [Casteloes and Islay] have returned to school, Fisher said on Saturday. “They are fully healed,” Fisher said.
Kids at school have reacted in a fully supportive manner, said Fisher in an earlier email. “They have sent cards and messages, and show real optimism about the boys’ full recovery.”
The existing school staff have been working with the kids but additional counselors are available to the school, said Fisher.
“School has been business as usual, with me reporting out to the student body on the boys’ condition daily,” he added.
The collision, which took place around 2:30 p.m., injured seven. According to the sheriff, a green Ford Escort driven by Michael Bryant was headed westbound on Twin Peaks Road when it swerved into eastbound traffic striking a white Toyota Prius. The Escort then slid sideways into a maroon Ford F150 pickup.
The other injuries were minor.
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