HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Police say 18-year-old Gunner Scarano was behind the wheel of the black Ford F-150 that hit nine vehicles on Bailey Cove Road Tuesday evening.
Several friends reached out to WHNT News 19 to offer support for Scarano, who is being treated at UAB’s Burn Center.
Scarano is a 2013 graduate of Huntsville High School. He played for the Panthers’ baseball team and had plans to attend Auburn University in the fall.
His friends had many good things to say about him.
“I would go as far as say he’s probably the best friend you can have,” said Adam Beasley. “He’s that guy that absolutely has your back on absolutely everything.”
Beasley considers himself to be one of Scarano’s best friends. Wednesday, he and four of his friends got in the car and headed to Birmingham where Scarano is being treated for severe burns.
Police say Scarano caused two separate wreck scenes on Bailey Cove Road on Tuesday, first at the intersection of Mountain Gap Road and the second at Weatherly Road. In that one, a 10-year-old girl died.
“I mean its tough obviously because its kind of a crazy situation, it happened so quick and you don’t really believe it at first but we’re trying to be as supportive as we can of him,” said Beasley.
Beasley met Scarano playing baseball at Huntsville High. He says Gunner is one of his most loyal friends and never let their team down.
“He didn’t play a whole lot on the team but he’s a team player that really looked out for the team as a whole and kinda boosted morale of the team through hard moments,” said Beasley.
Beasley says no matter the obstacle — the group of friends will overcome the challenges they face.
“Obviously we’re going to try to stay as positive as possible and just encourage him and let him know we’re there for him as long as he needs us to try and keep his head up through this, because it’s tough on us but I’m sure it’s a lot tougher on him,” said Beasley.
HEMSI officials told us Gunner was trapped in his truck as it caught fire. Police say he suffered life-threatening burns on his lower body.
WHNT News 19 talked with Scarano’s mother on Wednesday morning. She says her son is in a lot of pain and is trying to overcome this obstacle.