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Posted on Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 1:35 p.m.

Chelsea High School freshman injured in September cross country accident comes home

By Kyle Feldscher

The Chelsea High School freshman who was seriously injured after being struck by a car during a cross country team practice in September went home from the hospital Friday.

Kersch Ray is now doing his out-patient rehabilitation and resting at home with his family, according to posts on a Facebook group set up to notify friends and family of his progress.

Kersch had not been home since he was struck by a vehicle on the morning of Sept. 2 while he and his cross country team were on a training run near Old US-12 and Freer Road.


Kersch Ray

Courtesy of Facebook

Kersch was in a coma for 10 days immediately after the accident and spoke his first words on Oct. 24, according to his mother Jackie Ray.

Two days after that, Kersch began writing his name and answering questions and has been continually improving, Jackie Ray said.

The family was given a welcome home greeting by the Chelsea Fire Department, Jackie Ray said on a Facebook post.

“It’s great to have him home and I could not be more thankful,” she said.

Chelsea police Chief Ed Toth said the police portion of the investigation into the accident wrapped up about a month ago and the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office is reviewing the case. He said it’s up to prosecutors to decide if there will be charges in the accident.

Toth said police sent prosecutors a huge amount of information about the accident and he’s expecting news from prosecutors next week.

“They look at the whole totality of the circumstances, if the driver did wrong or if the joggers did wrong and they determine if there was a crime involved or just a terrible accident,” Toth said.

As police wait for a decision, Kersch will be getting down to the business of fully recovering.

Jackie Ray said Tuesday would be the first day of lots of hard work for Kersch in out-patient rehabilitation. The family met many of the physical therapists they’d be working with on Monday.

“They have high expectations for him and we are going to work very hard to meet whose goals,” Jackie Ray said.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 11:28 p.m.

This is nice news. I hope he continues recovering - nice picture.