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Family of crash survivor hopeful for full recovery

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The city of Fremont continues to mourn the loss of three teens killed in a tragic car accident.  Out of the four involved in the accident, 16-year-old Jake Burnside is the only one to survive.  While he and the families mourn, Jake tries to focus on his recovery.  

 It was on a Dodge County road where three 16-year-old Fremont teens were killed.  Jackson Blick, Tyler Walling and Trey Hansen wouldn't graduate from high school or go to college.  Their friend, Jake Burnside, sustained numerous fractures to his vertebrae and a broken collarbone but he's alive.  His sister, Cassie, remembers the long drive from Sioux City to Omaha the night of June 3rd.   "I was praying to God, I didn't even know what to pray for.  All I could think was that something good would come out of this and I don't know how.  That was the only thing that was running through my mind," Cassie said.  

After two major surgeries, including reconstructive face surgery, Jake's moving on to rehab at the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln.  "As of right now, he's very mentally aware," Cassie said.  

Jake just found out about the fate of his friends days ago and is still in shock.  Meanwhile, the community of Fremont and the families of the four boys has been coming together, to mourn, to hold each other up and to try to move on.  "I'll be very grateful some days and some days I'll just think about how these other families are going through this loss," Cassie said.  

Cassie said she wants to find the good in all of this.  She said if there's anything good to be found, it could be the constant reminder of what's really important in life.  "You think about it, your siblings, you always argue all the time, and you say things you don't mean, and you have fights and you chase each other around.  I've just really learned to put family as one of my first priorities," Cassie said.

The timeline for Jake's recovery is up in the air right now.  His sister said her family hopes for a full recovery.  They hope Jake will be able to head back to school in September or get a tutor.     

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