Evansville Teenager Returns Home After Weeks in the Hospital

A former Reitz High School student returned home to Evansville on Saturday after spending more than three weeks in a St. Louis hospital recovering from a brain injury that was suffered in an August car crash.

Posted: Sep 5, 2020 7:33 PM
Updated: Sep 7, 2020 12:16 PM

After 25 days in a St. Louis hospital recovering from injuries suffered in a car accident in August, Jackson Dassel returned back to the River City in fashion.

Dassel and his father pulled up in a convertible to the old Walmart parking lot on the West side of Evansville after driving back from St. Louis on Saturday.

The father and son duo were greeted by a crowd of more than 100 people that were there to welcome Jackson back home.

The crowd was filled with signs, balloons, and ecstatic friends and family members.

The former Reitz High School Wide Receiver was seriously injured in a car crash after accidentally crossing the median and crashing into a truck.

44News caught up with Jackson to get his reaction to being back home.

"'I'm just very happy to be home, yeah," said Dassel. "I'm very thankful. It's just crazy how God works."

This isn’t the first time Jackson’s friends and family have gathered in his honor.

Back in mid-August, there was a prayer vigil for Dassel that was held at the Fairfield Inn parking lot on the West side of town.

That gathering saw hundreds of people come together and pray for the health and recovery of the recent high school graduate.

After a quicker-than-expected recovery, doctors said it’ll just be 6 months until Jackson is able to get back behind the wheel of a car.

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