Local high school senior injured in crash becomes homecoming queen

Taylor Cunningham, Ronan Nelson honored by CCHS

SAN DIEGO - A local high school senior who was severely injured in a car crash was honored during a special ceremony Friday evening.

A head-on collision in March nearly killed Taylor Cunningham and her family. She, along with her mother and sisters, were severely injured in the crash, which was caused by a drunken driver.

Despite a grim prognosis, the Cunninghams are making their way back to normal.

"It's been pretty tough, but I have the best family and friends in the world and they've helped me get through this," said Taylor.

Taylor, who is still recovering from a traumatic brain injury, told 10News that doctors never thought she would come this far this quick.

At Friday night's homecoming game at Cathedral Catholic High School, it was a very emotional and inspirational homecoming court for Taylor and her family, as she was nominated for homecoming queen and won.

Sitting just a few feet away in a wheelchair was senior Ronan Nelson. He, too, nearly died after he was tackled during a rugby game in the spring of 2012. Ronan remains paralyzed from the chest down as a result.

"It was hard at first, but I've accepted it now and now I'm a part of this team and I'm a part of this school and I'm just living life to the fullest as I can," he said.

Ronan was one of three nominated for homecoming king on Friday night, but the only one to take home the crown.

They were overwhelmed with joy as they made their way to their families.

Ronan tells 10News he is looking at some big-name colleges and is excited for what the future holds. Meantime, Taylor is also looking at colleges. She is currently attending Cathedral Catholic High School three days a week and just taking things one day at a time.

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