A high school football star died Tuesday, two days after getting into a car crash after prom in the Corvette his mom rented him for the occasion.
Taletrius ‘TJ’ Bradley died Tuesday morning from a brain injury sustained in the early Sunday crash in Plantation, Florida.
The Deerfield Beach High School senior was set to graduate on Sunday.
He had recently qualified for a football scholarship and planned to attend the University of Tampa in August.
Photos from prom night on Saturday show Bradley posing next to the 2017 red Chevrolet Corvette, wearing a matching red satin jacket.
A video shows him dancing next to the car as his friends and family cheer him on.
‘He’s doing something with his life. He’s going to prom. He’s graduating. I wanted to put a smile on his face,’ his mother, Tammie Singletary, told WPLG of her decision to rent her son the sports car.
‘He wasn’t the only one. There were Lamborghinis, Maseratis. Everyone knows when it’s prom, that’s what it’s about – extravagant things,’ she added.
‘It could’ve happened to anybody. Like I said, he could have had a Toyota and it could have flipped over.’
Bradley was driving back from prom early Sunday morning with his teammate, 17-year-old Demetrius Palmer, when he lost control of the vehicle and it flipped on State Road 7.
Both men were thrown from the vehicle, and were rushed to Broward Health Medical Center.
Palmer remains in critical condition, but his coach Jevon Glenn said that he is showing signs of improvement.
Although only a junior, Palmer, a cornerback, had already received scholarship offers to play football in college.
‘He’s still in critical condition,’ Glenn told the Miami Herald of Palmer on Tuesday. ‘We’re not in the clear yet, but he’s showing signs of progress. He’s got some head injuries, but they’re continuing to do brain scans and so far they’ve been coming back good. But obviously with all the swelling and things they’re going to keep him sedated so they can keep monitoring him.’
Glenn said he received a phone call about the crash around 3am on Sunday and rushed to the scene.
‘I could just tell from the wreck site, the car and just where Demetrius landed — how far away from the car — I knew it was bad,’ the coach said.
Glenn said that Bradley was a great football player, but that he was also a star in the classroom as well.
‘Academically, [Bradley] had done so well in the classroom, he could have gone to [college] without football,’ Glenn told the Sun Sentinel. ‘Football was really a plan B.’
A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help raise money for Bradley’s funeral expenses. As of Wednesday, the fund had already surpassed it’s $5,000 goal.