Updated 9 months ago by Josh Breslow
A father and daughter remain in critical condition at UK Hospital more than 24 hours after a crash on slick roads in Pulaski County.
The wreck happened Tuesday around 5:30 p.m. on Pumphouse Road near Somerset.
James "Jimmy" Jasper and 12-year-old Jaden were taken to UK Hospital where family members said they were placed on life support.
"She's the joy of my life and her mom and daddy's life. She's their only child," Jaden's aunt, Karen Miller told LEX 18. "It's been one of the worst things I've ever been through. It's been one of the worst traumas our family has ever been through. Knowing someone you love so much is laying there and the uncertainty."
Somerset Police said Pumphouse Road was wet at the time of the crash and they are looking into weather as a contributing factor. Miller said the two were heading home from Jaden's volleyball tryouts and she believes the SUV the two were in hydroplaned and slammed through a plank fence. A fence post struck Jaden's head and another hit Jimmy's shoulder.
"He loves her more than life itself and I worry because he was alert when the accident happened for a few minutes and he knows how seriously she was hurt. He was just screaming out 'Help Jaden! Help Jaden!'" said Miller.
While Miller said Jimmy has shown signs of improvement, Jaden, a 7th grader at Northern Middle School is "touch and go."
On Facebook, "Prayers For Jaden" has more than 2,000 "likes." The page was created by the 12-year-old's friend and classmate, Jaylee Phillippe.
"When I heard she was hurt, I wanted to do something for her to help her and I wanted people to pray for her," Phillippe told LEX 18.
"I've just prayed God will let her stay and that we can keep her here," Miller said.
A prayer circle for Jaden will be held Thursday morning at 8 a.m. at Northern Middle School. Many students are also said to be wearing pink, Jaden's favorite color, to show support for the 12-year-old.
The family also says cards can be sent to Jaden at UK Hospital, addressed as below:
Cards For Jaden
A.B. Chandler Medical Center
UK Children's Hospital
800 Rose Street
Lexington, KY 40536