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St. Amant High community rallies around basketball players after serious accident

ST. AMANT, Louisiana (WAFB) – The community of St. Amant High is rallying around two of their own. After Colby and Jah’leel got stuck in a bad wreck on Hwy 941 Monday night on their way home from basketball practice.

“When I opened my eyes I thought it would be a lot worse than it actually was,” said Colby Ester, a student at St. Amant High.

The St. Amant basketball team will be without two starting players on the court for some time after the two cousins ​​crash into a serious accident with another good friend.

“We were coming off the bridge, and he was going too fast around the curb, and he tried to turn and lost control,” said Colby.

Colby’s injuries are more severe than those of his cousin Jah’Leel.

He has a broken finger, a dislocated shoulder, his other shoulder is fractured, and he has air pockets in his lungs. Forcing him to be flown to OLOL and to stay in the hospital for a few nights.

“I just have a laceration on my right thumb, that’s all,” said Jah’leel, a student at St. Amant High School.

Jah’leel’s mother was in shock when she got the call about the boys’ accident, and couldn’t believe they made it out alive.

“It certainly could have been a lot worse. And that’s what I kept saying. I just said thank you Father, thank you Father. Because I don’t know what I would have done if my boys hadn’t been there. It’s my life there, ”said Libra Ester Smith.

When he heard the news, St. Amant High’s head basketball coach Travis Uzee rushed to the hospital to see how his players were doing.

“I mean, I don’t know how they got away from that. But that relief that they were fine and then the idea that they were coming back to play basketball, I don’t think that was necessarily a concern for us at the time, ”said coach Uzee.

Coach Uzee says both players are good kids and he’s devastated by the accident.

“And to see that happen in the middle of their senior year, it’s a tough time for them. So it’s a bit of that weird balance of being grateful that they’re still with you, but a bit sad that they can’t, you know, live their senior year as they planned ”, a said coach Uzee.

The guys say it was the community of St. Amant High that helped them through this frightening ordeal.

“It really means a lot to us, because I didn’t really think we had such a big support system to be honest, but I really appreciate it. And I really love everyone who’s watched us,” said Colby.

Coach Uzee hopes they can play for a while this season. But Jah’leel is in much better shape to make a comeback soon, rather than Colby.

The cousins ​​have learned the lesson: always wear your seat belt and do not accelerate.

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