A father and his 4-year-old son are still recovering from injuries they had in a crash that killed a Southeastern Louisiana student and former Live Oak High School basketball player on Dec. 15th.
According to the Louisiana State Police, Jaxen Joseph Ray was driving a Chevrolet Camaro over 100 miles per hour on LA 16 before crashing into a Ford truck that was pulling a trailer.
Ray died at the scene, while Peyton and his son John-Walker Alford suffered injuries and were transported to the hospital.
Several days later, Peyton and John-Walker are still recovering from physical and mental wounds from the crash.
Peyton’s back is broken in two places and he also suffered multiple broken ribs and a facial fracture, while John-Walker suffered a broken nose and some swelling in his face.
Lana Anderson, who is the godmother of Peyton’s wife Ashley, said John-Walker also has some emotional trauma connected with the crash but he is doing well.
“He doesn’t want to be alone now and he was somebody who was always off doing something by himself,” Anderson said.
She said the family is waiting to find out if Peyton will need to have surgery to address his back. He isn’t able to return to work because of his injuries.
“Thankfully there was no paralysis at all,” Anderson said. “They’re (Peyton and John-Walker) very special to me. Everyone is very grateful Peyton and John-Walker are still here but we’re heartbroken for the other family who lost a loved one.”
A gofundme account has been set up to help cover Peyton’s medical expenses.