Prayer Vigil Held for Two Judson University Students Injured in Car Accident
(ELGIN, IL – November 19, 2010) A Prayer vigil was held today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Judson University’s Betty Lindner Commons (1151 N. State St., Elgin) for students involved in a two-car accident that took place last night on State Route 31. Prayer groups will also be held throughout the day in Judson’s four dormitories as a private time for students.
Judson University freshmen Nick Schlegel, 18, of Bartlett, Ill., and Derek Radesky, 20, of Chicago, were injured Thursday night at approximately 10 p.m. as they pushed their car northbound on State Road 31, between I-90 and Airport Road, towards a gas station because the car was out of gas. Another car of five Judson students ran into the stalled car and pinned the two students. A third student pushing the car by the driver’s door was not injured. Occupants in the second car say they did not see the black Ford Mustang or Schlegel and Radesky, who were pushing the car from behind. Elgin police are continuing to investigate the accident and no one is being held by the department at this time.
Schlegel is receiving care at Sherman Hospital, while Radesky was transferred to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill. Both experienced severe, but nonlife-threatening injuries. Judson officials immediately went to the hospitals to be with the students to provide support. Family members were notified that night and are in route or at the hospitals at this time.
In an e-mail statement to the Judson community posted at 6:30 a.m. today, Judson President Jerry Cain wrote:
"I have been to the hospital and to the campus on behalf of Nick and Derek plus other extended members of the University family. Our entire community is concerned for these two students and have rallied in traditional Judson fashion.
"Teammates, roommates and friends were gathered at Sherman Hospital keeping quiet vigil as the emergency room team did their good work. Some 200 students were gathered in the chapel to pray for their colleagues asking the Great Physician to empower the local physicians who were treating these Judson men.
"Our community expresses concern and support for the families of both Nick and Derek. Our prayers are also with the other students who were in the cars and physically uninjured but who may have experienced emotional trauma which will need attention. We continue to trust in God who has promised to bring good out of every situation."
Judson’s Counseling Center Staff were available to talk with the students who were directly involved with the accident last night. At the chapel services held today at 10 a.m. as part of Judson’s normal chapel schedule, Judson’s students were invited to utilize the Counseling Center staff as they cope with this tragedy. The prayer vigil in the Betty Lindner Commons was announced this morning at 8 a.m. to the Judson students.
“Our major goal is to care for our students who were injured in the accident, those who were involved in the accident, and our community as we cope with this tragedy,” said Leann Pauley-Heard, vice president of student affairs. “This has been a tragic accident and we want to give all the needed support we can to them, their families and our community.”
Judson asks the community for continued prayers of healing and comfort for Schlegel and Radesky as they receive treatment and for their families.