Prayers Are Requested for Two Judson Students Injured in Car Accident
(Elgin, IL November 18, 2010 UPDATED) Judson University freshmen Nick Schlegel, 18, of Bartlett, Ill., and Derek Radesky, 20, of Chicago, were injured this evening as they pushed their car north on State Road 31, west of River Road and toward a gas station because the car was out of gas. Another car of Judson students ran into the stalled car and pinned the students. Occupants in the second car say they did not see Schlegel or Radesky pushing the car. Both Schlegel and Radesky received severe leg injuries. Schlegel is receiving care at Sherman Hospital, while Radesky was transferred to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill. Judson officials are with the students to provide support and family members have been notified where possible.
In an e-mail statement to the Judson community, Judson President Jerry Cain writes:
"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 the 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 asks the community for continued prayers of healing and comfort for Schlegel and Radesky as they receive treatment.
An article about the accident appeared in the Daily Herald's online publications. To read the article, click here.