High School Volleyball Player Loses Both Legs After Being Struck By Car In STL
On Saturday at 8:39 p.m. Feb. 18, the Edmondson family was walking to their hotel after Day 1 of a volleyball tournament in St. Louis when a horrific accident occurred.
As they were walking downtown, they heard a speeding car. Janae yelled at her father to ”step back”
The driver drove through a yield sign and struck a car.
That car struck Janae. Her mother and father were with her as she was rushed to an area hospital. Janae suffered critical injuries and has since lost both of her legs.
Two other people in the struck car were also injured.
The driver accused of going through the sign, Daniel Riley, was arrested on charges of second-degree assault.
Edmondson, 16, is a volleyball and basketball standout at Smyrna High School in Tennessee.
“We are thankful to report that her condition, though serious, is now stable. We at Mid TN Volleyball Club are asking our community to pray for Janae, her family, and her teammates. The whole club loves Janae and values her athletic gifts, toughness, determination, and perseverance. These are things she will need in great measure during the long recovery that lies ahead.
“We are so grateful for the support of local authorities and the Capitol Sports Center Staff for their help during this very difficult time.
“At the request of the family, please keep focus on prayers for Janae and allow for comfortable space as they cope.
“We have set up a GoFundMe account will be established to help the Edmondson family with medical bills and other financial needs. For questions, please go to midtnvbc.com.
--Mid-Tennesee Volleyball Club
Edmondson had recently verbally accepted an offer to play college volleyball. She was listed in stable condition and would remain in a St. Louis hospital for three to four weeks, before being transported to Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center.