July 31, 2014
A community prayer will be held Friday, August 1, 2014 at 6 p.m. for a Highland student who suffered serious injuries in a Sunday morning crash.
Michelle Croy, organizer for the event, says Ryder Steck sustained life-threatening injuries and a community prayer is being held at the high school track. Ryder is on the cross country team and their first practice is Aug. 1. Croy says particpants will hold hands around the track and say a prayer in his behalf. Afterward, participants are getting on the football field and spell out Steck’s name.
Croy says Steck was on his way to work July 27, 2014 when the accident occured. She reported he is on a ventilator (as of 2 pm Thursday) and in an induced coma.
Big Walnut Fire Chief Keith Ernsberger reports: “Crews from Morrow County EMS and The Big Walnut Joint Fire District were dispatched for a motor vehicle accident on State Route 314 in between roads 25 and 175 on July 27, 2014 at 8:04 am.
While crews were responding, 911 dispatchers advised them that this was a roll-over accident and that the patient had been ejected. The driver was identified as 18 year old Ryder Steck of Morrow County. No other vehicles or injuries were reported.
Morrow County EMS crews and BWJFD firefighters arrived on the scene of the accident and found Mr. Steck to be in very critical condition and immediately initiated lifesaving efforts. Crews from Morrow County EMS and the Big Walnut Joint Fire District were credited with saving the life of Mr. Steck, according to the doctors of Grant Hospital where Mr. Steck was transported to by MCEMS Medic 3. Crews controlled major bleeding, started an IV, and gave the proper medications.
Mr. Steck suffered multiple injuries including a head injury and a broken back but was properly backboarded by crews, which prevented any spinal cord injuries. Mr. Steck is stabilized but in critical condition at Grant Hospital. Cause of the accident is under investigation and alcohol was not a factor.”
Signs of support appear around the county with encouragement for the family. Croy says more information can be found on Ryder’s Fighters, a website through Facebook.