More than 100 gather for vigil at hospital to support teens injured in car crash

Posted at 9:41 PM, Jun 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-14 23:41:20-04

MURRAY, Utah -- On Sunday, more an 100 people gathered outside the IMC in Murray to participate in a vigil for a teen who is fighting for his life.

Jayden Farrell, 17, suffered a broken back and neck following a car accident in Utah County Thursday night. His family says he has come out of a coma but is still unable to communicate.

The accident took place on 2300 North and 600 East around 11 p.m. According to police, the six teenagers were in an SUV traveling at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control and crashed the vehicle.

Four of the teens were thrown from the SUV, including the driver, 17-year-old Maryah Edwards. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Only one of the teens was wearing a seat belt. She walked away uninjured. As for Jayden Farrell, he had part of his skull removed and at this time his prognosis is unclear. Family and friends say he may be too far away to hear or see the vigil, but they know he can feel their presence in the parking lot.

Jayden's family also said this vigil is for all the victims.

"It's going to give him strength to see all the support they have around them," Skylar Ehlers, Jayden's brother, said. "It's going to cheer them up, you know what I mean, instead of waking up and having no one there. And they help not only my brother, but all six of these families, that's what matters. It's not just about my brother, it's about everyone involved."

There will also be a candle light vigil for Edwards coming up this Friday at 8:30 p.m. at Neptune Park in Saratoga Springs.