“Brandon’s battle is going to be a marathon”: Stark County teen suffers severe brain injury in crash

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Brandon Pittman, a 17-year-old student at Louisville High School, was seriously injured in a single-vehicle car crash on Tuesday, June 4.

The accident occurred when Pittman’s Honda Civic veered off the right side of the road off of Georgetown and Broadway around 9 a.m., struck a culvert before going airborne. Despite wearing a seatbelt, Pittman suffered severe head injuries after an object from the backseat flew forward and struck him upon landing.

Pittman was initially transported to Aultman Hospital before being airlifted to Akron Children’s Hospital due to the severity of his injuries. He sustained a skull fracture and other serious injuries. Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash.

In the wake of the accident, Pittman’s parents, Brian and Melissa Pittman, have been vocal about the dangers of speeding. They hope that sharing Brandon’s story will encourage other young drivers to exercise caution on the roads.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover Pittman’s medical expenses. The page details that he has injuries to the tendons and ligaments in his neck and will likely need to wear a cervical collar for several months. His brain injury has also affected his eyesight, particularly on the right side.

Since the accident, Pittman has been unconscious, but over the weekend, he briefly opened and closed his eyes intermittently. On Sunday, he was moved out of the ICU, providing a glimmer of hope to his family. Despite still being unconscious, Pittman managed to lift his left hand to scratch his nose, a small but significant sign of progress.

“Brandon’s battle is going to be a marathon, not a sprint, every day,” said Melissa Pittman. “We have a small win just like the itchy nose.”

The Pittman family continues to hold onto hope as Brandon begins his long road to recovery.