Jackson teenager returns home after car crash recovery

    By Noelle Williams, KFVS

    Jackson, Mo. (KFVS) – After 168 days in the hospital following a car crash, a Jackson teenager finally returned home. The community is showing their love and support in a big way

    “He’s just a true hero for us,” Connie Shumpert said.

    Colten Friese nearly lost his life in October, in a car crash. Now 6 months later the Pi Kappa Alpha brother at Southeast Missouri State University is finally home in Jackson, welcomed by the community and loved ones in parade, escorted by first responders.

    “I really wanted to be a part of it. I have been following his situation for 6 months,” Vicki Ford said.

    Ford traveled all the way from St. Louis to celebrate Colton’s homecoming. She said when she first heard news of his accident on the internet, she was shocked. Today she can’t wait to take a peek at the walking.

    “We bought some pin wheels, and we’re going to put them up in the air and cheer for him. Just clap and want to get as much of a look as we can because he’s doing good,” Ford said.

    Colten’s fraternity brother, Colin Schwab said he and the rest of his fraternity brothers were praying for him the last 6 months and are inspired by his recovery.