Star Somerset athlete improving after crash


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- A Pulaski County community has been through a big range of emotions in just a couple days. A Somerset High School track star had to be airlifted to UK Tuesday afternoon after his car rolled over on South U.S. 27 near Grave Hill Church.

He was in critical condition, but he’s doing better, and his mom says she knows exactly whom to thank.

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“I don’t know how he made it. It was God,” Paula Jones said.

Tavian Wilson, 18, was on his way home to help his mom when he flipped his car. Police say there was no alcohol, no reckless driving. They think he hit a slick spot and drove into a culvert. Tavian was supposed to be on UK’s campus this week, just not in the hospital.

His mom says he was excited to compete Friday in the state track and field meet.

He just won the regional shot put title last week.

Tavian’s mom says her son is a ‘guardian angel on earth’, especially since her husband died just last year, leaving the whole family homeless until recently.

“Tae said he was going to take care of me because his daddy asked him to take care of us,” Jones said.

His mom says he’d work three jobs if he could, and once walked back and forth to work when the family didn’t have a car. The car in the crash was the family’s only vehicle. Tavian was was getting ready to join the army.

“To take care of his family. To take care of his family. He wanted to make a sacrifice,” Jones said.

Now, that sacrifice is on hold. From the parking lot of Grave Hill Cemetery, Avian was airlifted to the hospital.

Tavian’s Mom says her son had just gotten his class ring before the crash, something he wanted because his Dad never had one.

According to his Mom, Tavian’s brother got together the money to help his brother buy the ring.

It got lost during the crash.

His family is hoping to find it, but they say it can be replaced. Tavian cannot.

“You’re doing good. You’re a trouper. Your daddy would be proud of you,” Jones told her son.

In just 24 hours, he’s getting better. He’s sitting up, talking…about tacos, but there’s a long road ahead. His mom says he’s got a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain that might require surgery. Still, she’s thankful.

“The reason he’s here is because of God and that’s the only reason because he never should’ve made it out of that car,” Jones said.

Tavian won’t get to compete on Friday. He might not get to join the army after graduation, but his mom says she knows her son is on a new path, an even better one.