Teen track & field star seriously injured in Pulaski County wreck

Photo: Somerset High School

SOMERSET, Ky. (WDKY) - A southern Kentucky teen who was days away from competing for a state title and graduating high school is in a much different battle following a serious car crash.

Police say Tavian Wilson, who was set to compete for a state title in track and field for Somerset High School, was hurt when his car crashed on U.S. Highway 27 in Pulaski County at the Lewis Bray Road intersection Tuesday afternoon.

Wilson was going to compete for a state title in shot put and discus. The high school senior may have hit a slick spot and lost control. The car went off the road and flipped. He suffered serious head injuries, but the latest prognosis has improved since Tuesday night.

“He’s able to move his fingers and toes. He is responsive, squeezing his mother’s hand," Somerset High School coach Jeff Perkins says, "He’s answering nods and head shakes. So we are hopeful. It is early but we are hopeful he is going to be okay.”

Wilson won a regional championship and was the 10th seed going into the weekend state championships.

He is planning on entering the military once he graduates.

He was still being treated at University of Kentucky hospital after being airlifted there Tuesday.

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