Taletrius ‘TJ’ Bradley, a star high school football player at Deerfield Beach High School, died Tuesday, May 30, just two days after getting into a car crash after prom in the Corvette his mother rented him for the occasion.
Bradley died Tuesday morning from a brain injury sustained in the early Sunday crash in Plantation, Florida. Bradley, who was a Deerfield Beach High School senior and was set to graduate on Sunday, June 4th, had recently earned a football scholarship and planned to attend the University of Tampa for the fall semester.
Bradley’s teammate, Demetrius Palmer, 17, was in the car when it flipped. He remains in critical condition at Broward Health Medical Center, but is showing signs of improvement.
via Miami Herald:
Deerfield Beach football coach Jevon Glenn said the teens were ejected from the front seat of a 2017 red Chevy Corvette Bradley’s mother had rented her son last weekend so he could attend Plantation High’s prom in style. Bradley was behind the wheel when he lost control of the vehicle.
Glenn said Bradley had recently received the necessary test scores he needed to qualify for a football scholarship. His backup plan, Glenn said, was to attend the University of Tampa. Glenn said Bradley dropped off his prom date and picked Palmer up shortly before the accident.
“He’s still in critical condition,” Glenn said of Palmer. “We’re not in the clear yet, but he’s showing signs of progress. 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.
Tammie Singletary, Bradley’s mother, said she rented the luxury vehicle for her son as a reward for his success:
“He’s doing something with his life. He’s going to prom. He’s graduating,” Singletary said. “I wanted to put a smile on his face.”
The Lauderhill Police Department said the crash is still under investigation.
Furthermore, a Go Fund Me page set up to raise money for Bradley’s funeral expenses has already surpassed it’s $5,000 goal. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bradley’s family at the time of this tragic loss.