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Community rallies behind young girl hurt in Enfield crash

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A photo of Jadyn Feigenbaum from the gofundme.com site created for her recovery. A photo of Jadyn Feigenbaum from the gofundme.com site created for her recovery.
ENFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

Support has been pouring in for a young girl who was seriously hurt in a school van crash in Enfield Wednesday afternoon.

Friends and family said 10-year-old Jadyn Feigenbaum continues to fight in the hospital.

"This is such a close community and my heart just goes out to them," said neighbor Janene Bernier. "Anything I can do."

Thursday night, her neighborhood and those closest to her pulled together. They created a Facebook page called "Prayers for Jadyn" that has received more than 3,000 "likes."

A fundraiser was set for Saturday at the Windsor Gym. T-shirts that say "#TEAMJADYN" were ordered. They will be $20 each. Proceeds will go toward the Jadyn Recovery Fund.

The Capitol Region Education Council said Thursday that the DATTCO van transporting four students from the CREC Museum Academy was involved in a crash on Moody Road.

Police said the van left the road and struck two trees.

They also said the driver, Timothy Reliford, 43, of Bloomfield, was not facing charges as of Thursday night.

"It's a very important investigation for us and obviously we're working tirelessly to gather the facts," said Chief Carl Sferrazza of the Enfield Police Department.

The students and the driver were immediately transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA for treatment, CREC said.

Three of the students and the driver were not seriously hurt.

However, Jadyn was hospitalized with serious injuries that CREC said required medical intervention. Her family said she was in stable but serious condition Thursday.

Wednesday night, her mother posted an update online.

"Finally got to see my Jady," she said. "I'm not going to lie, it was heartbreaking. Too many tubes, too many bandages, not enough motion."

According to the post, Jadyn was doing better after multiple surgeries.

Her family said she has a metal plate in her head and the impact of the crash smashed the bones in her face. It's not clear if she'll ever have the use of her left eye again.

A gofundme.com page was started by them to assist in her recovery. It's already raised $10,000 in donations. A link to it can be found here.

"Jadyn and her family are part of a larger family, a cheer family, USA Wildcats," the page said. "Our goal is to do what we can to help the Feigenbaums during this time.

Thursday, her cheerleading teammates wore purple in support of her. Her coach thinks she'll be just fine.

"Once a wildcat, always a wildcat," said Coach Stephen Burns. "When one gets hurt, we all come together to support."

CREC said it would continue to provide support and assistance to all the families involved.

It also said an investigation into the crash was underway and that it was fully cooperating with police.

Investigators said it was too soon to say what caused the crash, but they will be looking at cameras mounted inside the van.

"The well-being of our students is our first priority," CREC said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of all involved.

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