Thursday, June 5, 2014
Best friends Tyler Poston and Kyle McConnell were enjoying Memorial Day on the river and were headed home when they were involved in a horrific accident that has changed the lives of two families.
Both young men – Poston, age 19 and McConnell, age 20 – survived the accident in which the truck they were in left the roadway and landed in the woods off of County Line Road.
A medical helicopter transported both to Grand Strand Medical Center, where their treatment is continuing.
Karen Poston, Tyler's mother, described her son's inures as severe but expressed her joy that he is alive.
He has had two surgeries since the accident, she said. One was Friday which lasted more than six hours.
That surgery, according to Mrs. Poston, was to repair his knee and ankle. This week's surgery was to deal with damage he received in his back.
McConnell's uncle, Rev. Mark Howard, said his nephew is still in serious condition. The injuries he sustained include broken ribs, a broken jaw, his neck was broken in two places, and his lung was punctured.
Fortunately the neck injury has not caused paralysis, he said.
McConnell – the son of Bobby and Monica McConnell – was in a doctor-induced coma from the time he arrived at the hospital until Friday.
“He has been making progress,” Howard said.
He said based on the severity of the accident, both young men are “truly blessed” to be alive.
Both Poston and McConnell have a long road to recovery but they have been the recipients of an overwhelming amount of support.
Mrs. Poston said at one point the visitors were lined up and down the hallway to see McConnell and her son.
Howard said he and his family have been touched by the outpouring of support they have received. Poston said her son's girlfriend, Taylor Cooper and her mother, Renee Cooper have been at the hospital since the beginning which has allowed herself and her husband, Jamie, to make occasional trips back home to be with their other two children.
Both Poston and McConnell attend Screven Baptist Church which has been a tremendous help to the families.
“The support both families have been getting has been a blessing from God,” Howard said. “I thank God for everything people from Georgetown and Andrews are doing.”
Poston said the church family “has been beyond good.”
Both families are asking that people continue to pray.
“Even if he gets out this week, he has a long way to go,” Mrs. Poston said of her son.
Friends of both families have started Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as pages for making financial contributions to help with medical expenses.
McConnell's Facebook page is www.facebook.com/pages/Kyle-McConnell-Prayers-Support-page/664586693596088. Updates can also be found be found on Twitter at #doitforkmac.
Poston's page is www.gofundme.com/9se46g.