Instead of gearing up to run track at St. Cloud State this fall, a Forest Lake teen is in the hospital recovering from a devastating car accident.
On August 1, Jessica Overland — a star athlete who just graduated from Forest Lake High School — was pulling into her driveway when she was T-boned on the driver's side by another vehicle.
The collision left the 18-year-old with broken ribs on both sides, a broken clavicle, a fractured pelvis, two collapsed lungs and damage to her spleen and liver — which means a long stay in the hospital, and, of course, hefty medical bills.
The Overland family is getting some help with that last part, thanks to the hundreds of donors who have contributed to a GoFundMe campaign for Jessica.
As of this writing, the campaign has raised over $21,000, within striking distance of its $30,000 goal.
Still, her promising athletic career has been sidelined.
"She was supposed to start her collegiate journey at St. Cloud State University this fall and run cross-country and track as a Husky," a Friday Facebook post from the Minnesota State High School League says. "However, her freshman fall season has been taken away."
According to a recent update on her CaringBridge site, Jessica is now undergoing physical therapy in rehab.
In an interview with WCCO, she said she "hopes to recover and run her sophomore fall semester."
The station notes that there have been no arrests in connection with the accident.
In addition to the GoFundMe, there will be a benefit dinner for her Monday night, August 19, from 4-9 p.m. at Famous Dave’s in Forest Lake.