VALPARAISO | Jessica Carr, the starting point guard for the Valparaiso women’s basketball team, is out indefinitely following a single-car accident last weekend that could’ve been much worse.
Carr underwent more than four hours of surgery on her left hand after the car she was a passenger in hydroplaned and flipped over in a construction zone just north of Kokomo.
Valparaiso football player Tanner Kuramata was driving the car and pulled Carr from the wreckage after the Ford Escape skidded into oncoming traffic and caught fire. A witness to the accident had a fire extinguisher and was able to contain the fire.
The accident happened during a early evening heavy rainstorm last Friday.
“There was a steep drop off on the road; when we hydroplaned, the concrete flipped the car onto my side,” Carr said. “My window busted out and my hand got cut from a lot of the shrapnel. I put my hand down to push myself off the ground when we were skidding and got some abrasions from the road.”
Carr was taken to a hospital in Kokomo before doctors decided her injuries were severe enough to require a hand specialist in Indianapolis. Carr went into surgery Friday night and is expected to be in cast for the next 4-to-6 weeks.
“I tore all the tendons in my hand and right now it’s a waiting game,” Carr said. “It’s very frustrating because I was working really hard for the season.”
As much as Carr is upset about possibly missing the season, both she and Kuramata are thankful that they were able to walk away from the accident. According to Carr, there have been more than 15 recent accidents in the same area.
Kuramata walked away from the accident with some scratches and was able to play in Saturday’s 49-42 overtime victory. The sophomore had seven catches for 117 yards and a touchdown.
“Football was almost a relief for me with everything that Jess has been going through,” Kuramata said. “After I pulled her out and even (Saturday), I think we both realize just how lucky we are.”
Carr is back on campus and has begun rehabilitation. The Valparaiso women’s basketball team has been going through offseason workouts and will officially begin practice in two weeks.
“Initially, I thought that I could come back right away, but after talking to my doctors, I’m concentrating on just letting my hand heal,” Carr said. “The injury is serious and if I don’t let it heal, it could affect me for the rest of my life. I want to think I’ll have a speedy recovery, but I’ll understand if I have to miss the year.”