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Mother of Injured Scooter Rider Alan Conerly Stays by Son's Bedside

1:16 PM, Mar 15, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Fletcher High School point guard Alan Conerly is in critical condition at Shands Hospital after he was hit by a car while riding his scooter to school.

Monday night, his mother, Anita, said she could not have imagined anything like this four years ago when they moved here from Chicago.

What happened to Fletcher High School point guard Alan Conerly isn't something his mother, Anita, could have imagined just four years ago when they moved here from Chicago.

"I was on my way to work when I got the call. I didn't know what state he was in until I got there. Once I got there and I saw the condition of the scooter, I knew it wasn't good," Anita Conerly said.

Her son was riding his scooter to school Monday morning when Jacksonville Beach police said a 47-year-old woman was turning in to a gas station parking lot, and hit him.

Conerly had the opportunity to speak to the woman police said hit her son. "I just saw her standing at the car and I asked her was she the one that hit him and she said, 'I didn't see him,'" said Conerly.

Conerly calls her son "the kid that everybody likes."

"He always have a smile on his face and he's just a good kid," Conerly described.

Conerly explained that buying a car for her son was too expensive, so they compromised on the scooter which she gave him for Christmas.

"You would assume they're safe, especially at the beach, because there are so many of them. I see the kids riding them all the time and I'm figuring okay, it's okay, you know."

The young man needed a way to get to school and had been wanting a scooter for a while. His mom finally relented but she said Alan didn't use the scooter much.

"He only drove it to school and home, that's all. He rides his scooter to school every day."

Now Conerly said Alan is in a medically-induced coma.

A family friend told First Coast News Alan came out of surgery for a broken foot Monday evening looking good. She said Alan does not have swelling in the "head and face area, and the doctors think this is a good sign."

Conerly said friends and teammates have been at the hospital all day, even though they're not allowed to see Alan. They've also decorated his Facebook wall with thoughts, prayers and words of encouragement.
 
Derek Rowan, Alan's former Jacksonville Nets coach said Alan loves basketball and fishing. 

"Alan has a great passion for winning, wants to see the team his teammates succeed," Rowan detailed. 

But there's more to Alan, Rowan said. "Apart from being an exceptional athlete, he's just a great kid."

Conerly said when Alan wakes up, he will be most upset about his broken ankle.

Alan has been playing basketball since he was four. His two older brothers are also basketball lovers: Antwon is in college in Chicago on a basketball scholarship, and Alan's oldest brother Aubrey, who played at Jacksonville University in college, now plays professionally in Finland.

Conerly has barely left her son's bedside since the crash. Even if he can't respond, she said she knows he can hear her.

"I just told him I'm here for you, I love you and I want you to get well. I know you're a fighter and I know you're going to get through this. That's what I told him."

A VyStar account has been set up for Alan Conerly. The account number is 702865311.

First Coast News

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