Nineteen-year-old Taletrius “T.J.” Bradley is full of life in the video taken Saturday, dancing in front of family and friends next to the 2017 Torch Red Corvette Stingray his mom had rented to make his prom weekend extra special.
Tuesday, the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., teen died from injuries sustained when he crashed that Corvette on early Sunday morning, and his passenger, 17-year-old Demetrius Palmer, remains in critical condition at Broward Health Medical Center.
“He’s doing something with his life. He’s going to prom. He’s graduating,” his mom, Tammie Singletary, explained of the reason for renting the Corvette. “I wanted to put a smile on his face.”
Bradley, a receiver on the Deerfield Beach football team, was set to graduate from the high school later this week.
“T.J. was just a great young man who had some obstacles earlier in his life and was taking all the necessary steps to overcome it,” his high school football coach Jevon Glenn told The Miami Herald. “He was getting ready to graduate this week and go off to college next month. It’s really hard to see life kind of be snatched away really at the beginning for him.”
Bradley and Palmer were ejected from the Corvette after it crashed on State Road 7 and Sunrise Boulevard. Glenn said Bradley had dropped off his prom date and picked up Palmer shortly before the wreck.
Palmer – a standout cornerback on the state semifinal football team last season – is still in critical condition, according to the coach.
“We’re not in the clear yet, but he’s showing signs of progress,” Glenn said. “He’s got some head injuries, but they’re continuing to do brain scans and so far they’ve been coming back good. But obviously with all the swelling and things, they’re going to keep him sedated so they can keep monitoring him.”
Added Glenn: “I could just tell from the wreck site, the car and just where Demetrius landed – how far away from the car – I knew it was bad.”
The Lauderhill Police Department said the crash is still under investigation.
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