HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Huntsville Police have not yet confirmed a cause for the fatal wreck that occurred on Tuesday at the intersection of Bailey Cove Road and Weatherly Road in South Huntsville. However, friends of Gunner Scarano tell WHNT News 19 that there may have been an underlying medical issue that played a part in the tragedy.
“Something clearly went wrong medically,” said Brandon Honeywell, a friend of Scarano. Allie Hebert and Brandon Honeywell are close friends of Gunner and worked to organize a prayer service for him and the affected families Thursday evening at Huntsville High School.
Hebert told WHNT News 19, “I know his diabetes has been bothering him,” she said. “He called me actually three weeks before this and even before that and would say that he was checking into school because it wasn’t going well.”
Although police have not confirmed that a medical issue was present the day of the wreck, Honeywell says it likely played a role. “There was no malice involved,” said Honeywell. “t was a medical thing as far as we know. He had no idea that he was affected or not fit to drive or anything like that.”
Hebert says this is a medical issue that Scarano will have to overcome in the future. “It’s hard to keep up with that stuff,” she said. “Especially at this age, but as you go into college and you go on your own, we’re hoping he can tie this down.”
Gunner Scarano is still being treated for injuries he received in Tuesday\s wreck at the UAB Burn Center. He is currently listed in “good” condition.
The 10-year-old victim, Jaden Coppens, will be laid to rest as soon as her mother is released from Huntsville Hospital where she is also being treated for injuries sustained in the pile-up.