Three Teens Recovering Weeks After Crash Before Graduation Rehearsal | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Three Teens Recovering Weeks After Crash Before Graduation Rehearsal



    (Published Tuesday, June 10, 2014)

    Three Dallas ISD teenagers continue their recovery after they were injured in a serious crash while heading to high school graduation rehearsal last month.

    It should have been one of the happiest days of their lives as Delvin Washington, Kevin Ramos and Devin Harper from Dr. Wright L. Lassiter Jr. Early College High School at El Centro College were on their way to graduation rehearsal.

    The three crashed in the 2500 block of West Illinois Avenue near South Hampton Road in Oak Cliff.

    Washington was behind the wheel with his friends Ramos and Harper as passengers.

    Washington suffered the most serious injuries, and is still in the intensive care unit weeks later.

    The three were honored at graduation.

    “Then in mass, a group of us went from graduation over to Methodist so that we could present their diplomas,” said principal Eric Markinson. “As a school administrator this is your worst nightmare.”

    Washington is conscious, now.

    “He hears his mom, he hears visitors, when you say wiggle your toes, he wiggles his toes, when you say squeeze my finger, he squeezes your finger,” said Markinson.

    The three are a part of an academic program that combines high school and college classes, giving them college credits along with their diploma.

    Washington, Markinson said, wants to study criminal justice. Now the teen’s principal, family and friends look forward to the day he can leave the hospital and continue to follow those dreams.

    “We want him to get up and give us a hug that's what we're waiting for,” said Markinson.

    The family spends much of their time at the hospital with Washington.

    Dallas ISD has started a fund to help offset medical bills.