LAGRANGE — Last week, Kyle Delligatti, 17, was busy as junior class president of Keystone High School doing a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs. That was pretty standard for the teen.
Thursday he was unconscious and in critical condition after a two-car crash Wednesday on state Route 301 near Webster Road. Kyle lost control of his car and overcorrected, according to Ohio Highway Patrol troopers, and was T-boned on the passenger side by an oncoming minivan.
“It’s a rough road,” said Kyle’s father, Shane Delligatti.
The driver and passenger of the minivan, Nick Malinovsky and Amber Gregory, respectively, were conscious and suffered minor injuries, according to patrol Lt. Travis Hughes. Kyle was unconscious at the scene and taken to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.
Kyle’s family hasn’t left his side since the accident, but they say they are taking solace that the community and the high school have offered support in the form of banners, balloons, flower and fundraising.
For the students and staff of Keystone High School, news of the crash has been tough to accept.
“He’s been at school with us for as long as we can remember. When one of us gets hurt, it’s like we all get hurt,” Keystone student Athena Townsley said.
Eager to help their classmate, junior class officers from Keystone created a “Get well soon” banner, which was covered with signatures and well wishes from students.
Sending well wishes to Kyle today as he works on recovery! pic.twitter.com/WtixlOYLIz
— Keystone Counseling (@KeystoneCouns) February 6, 2014
Students said they plan to send balloons and flowers to Kyle’s hospital room.
The school also started a fundraising campaign during lunch and plans to hold a carnation sale for the Delligatti family.
“For him to go through this is really hard for us to see. I know if it was us, he’d do the same thing,” Keystone student Madison Copley said.
Students and staff at the school said that supporting Kyle and his family is a natural thing to do, especially for someone whom they say is so involved in the school community.
Students plan to wear Kyle’s favorite color — orange — at Keystone’s boys basketball game tonight, Principal Franco Gallo said.
Gallo described the 17-year-old class president as intelligent and well-spoken, an active member of the student body. He helps to organize the prom and is involved in the model United Nations.
“We’re not just saying that. He’s the real deal,” he said.
Shane Delligatti echoed Gallo’s words about his son.
“We’re very proud of him and how mature he is,” he said, adding that the family will be beside Kyle’s hospital bed for what they anticipate is going to be a “long recovery.”
“We love him dearly,” he said.