Aug 26, 2014 8:35 PM by Ashlea Bullington
Lafayette High School student, Grace Turner, is fighting for her life at Lafayette General.
Fourteen year old, Grace, was in a go-kart crash Sunday, August 24th, in the 300 block of Block Avenue in Lafayette.
Police say Grace was driving the go-kart with one other passenger in a grassy field when she made a sharp right turn and crashed. The passenger in the go-kart reportedly walked away with minor injuries. Grace, although she was wearing a seat belt, had no helmet and received severe injuries to the head. Tonight she is in a coma and on a ventilator.
Her parents have not left her side since the accident and were unable to speak to KATC, but a family friend was asked to act as the spokesperson. Ruthie Marquet, who has known Grace's family for many years, said "she is just a beautiful young girl and has her whole life ahead of her. We are just praying for her. We believe in prayer and at this time that is all we can do."
Grace's friends described her as an intelligent and driven young lady. Gracie recently started her freshman year at Lafayette High School where she is a part of the Gifted and Talented Academy and has a GPA above 4.0.
Ruthie said even more impressive than Grace's academic accomplishments are her athletic ones. She is a member of the school track team and plays competitive soccer. She even earned a roster spot on Louisiana's Olympic Development team.
Grace's teammates are hoping that this accident will not take away the sport she loves. She is one of the most talented recruits in her age group that is already being recruited by some of the top soccer programs.
Friends of Grace have set up a GoFundMe account to help the family with Grace's medical expenses and the hashtag #PUSHforGracie which stands for "Pray Until Something Happens".
Relatives say they are grateful for the outpouring of support they have received.
To donate to Grace's account click here