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This is what remains of Brian Gapp's vehicle, which hit a tree just west of Hastings last week. Photo courtesy of the Gapp family

Hastings student in coma after crash on Tuesday

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Hastings Minnesota 745 Spiral Boulevard 55033

A 16-year-old Hastings High School student, Brian Gapp, is in a medically induced coma following a car crash here on Tuesday.

Brian was injured in a one vehicle crash along 150th Street just west of Jacob Avenue. He had left home at around 9:45 a.m. He was found alive but seriously injured at around 11:30 a.m. His vehicle had collided with a tree.

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The roof was cut off his vehicle and he was airlifted to Regions Hospital.

His mother, Tina Gapp, was the first to get the news when three police cars pulled up to her house and told her what had happened.

The family made their way to St. Paul and learned Brian had fractured his skull, suffered brain trauma, bruised a lung, damaged his spleen and lacerated his left arm.

Brian is in a medically-induced coma and is attached to a respirator.

"We don't know for sure what will come next, but we are praying and hopeful," a family member wrote on Caring Bridge. "He is young, bright and full of life - God's plan for him hasn't been fulfilled yet!"

According to his mother Tina Gapp, a piece of glass missed his Carotid artery by one millimeter. She wrote about the incident in an email to the Star Gazette.

"He may have sat in the car from 9:45 a.m. until they found him, alive, with music playing," Tina Gapp said. "He was not texting or on the phone. His seat belt was on and airbags deployed. (It is) a real miracle so far. He was going to school for PSEO college classes at Inver Hills, (where he was a) full time student. Technically, he is a junior at HHS. I don't know why he was on that road for sure.

"He had gone to Mass that morning at 7 a.m., with Dennis, Michael, Amelia and me. I got a good hug from him there, too. I need another one now."

Much of the other information for this story was taken from Brian's Caring Bridge website, which can be found at: www.caringbridge.org/visit/briangapp.

Here is the approximate location of the crash:

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