SAN DIEGO - On this Father’s Day, Cathedral Catholic High School Basketball Coach Will Cunningham, along with his family, thanked the community for all their support standing by him as his family recovers from a horrific head-on crash three months ago.
Back on March 17, a 30-year-old Santee man, suspected of drunken driving, drove the wrong way on state Route 52 near Tierrasanta and caused a head-on crash, killing himself and sending all four Cunningham family members in their minivan to area hospitals.
Cunningham and his son rushed to the scene as medics took Cunningham's wife and three other children who all had major injuries.
On Sunday, Coach Cunningham with his family by his side spoke to 10News at Cathedral Catholic High School in Carmel Valley.
“My wife Alisa suffered broken ribs, a traumatic brain injury, partially severed right foot and a smashed left hand and numerous bruises. Logan our youngest (11 year old), suffered lung damage, deep lacerations to her body, and a concussion. Jayden, our third oldest (13 year old), suffered a fractured neck, fractured scapula, deep lacerations to the body and a concussion. Taylor, our oldest (17 year old), suffered a fractured pelvis, a traumatic brain injury, a broken right hip, both wrists were broken and she was in a coma for 17 days.”
Cunningham said Taylor was in the hospital for 75 days.
“We are now in the process of trying to heal physically and mentally, the process we're told will take some time. The girls have all began to rehab in an effort to get back to where they were before,” said Cunningham.
“Spiritually, we know that it's only through the grace of God that my wife and daughters made it through the accident. We want everyone to know that while we don't know why our family unit was spared, we are grateful to the Lord for the grace and mercy he has shown us," says Will Cunningham.
Cunningham says he recently went back to work coaching the boy’s varsity basketball team in Carmel Valley.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash occurred just east of Santo Road near Santee. They identified Matthew Leonardo as the drunk driver of a 2012 Ford Focus who was going west in eastbound lanes, and crashed head-on into the Cunningham’s 2001 Dodge Caravan.
Will Cunningham took over as Cathedral Catholic Dons head basketball coach four years ago. At the time of the crash, the team just finished their season with a 29-5 record and Western League title.