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Community rallies around southern Utah teen injured in crash that left driver dead

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Posted at 5:49 PM, May 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-26 19:49:04-04

SOUTHERN UTAH — A 16-year-old girl who was critically injured in a crash that left the teenage driver dead is recovering in a hospital, and supporters said Thursday the teen is improving after undergoing several surgeries.

Taylor Carlton, 16 of Veyo, was injured in a crash Sunday that killed the driver, 18-year-old Drex Taylor of St. George. Police say neither teen was buckled and fatigue is suspected to be a factor. 

Loved ones have set up a Facebook page called “Pray4Tay” to share updates on the girl’s recovery. According to a post made Thursday, Taylor underwent two procedures: A tracheostomy to allow several tubes to be removed from her throat, and a procedure to place a feeding tube in her side. The post states the teen, while not responsive yet, seems more comfortable after the tubes were removed from her throat.

“They are starting to ween her off sedation this afternoon,” the post states. “Hopefully she will start to respond to direct commands. Taylor is moving more, we can see her eyes are somewhat active while closed and she did open them once today. Stimulation is still to be kept at a minimum.”

The page indicates a car wash will be held at the “Rebel store” in Mesquite, Nevada and that all of the proceeds will be donated to help the family with medical costs. A bake sale is also planned for this Saturday in Veyo.

The post also expressed the family’s gratitude for the support from the community and the efforts of medical personnel on Taylor’s behalf.

An earlier post on the page showed a packed waiting room as supporters gathered at the hospital.