Friday, June 22, 2018
Public safety

Sunlake High wrestler critically injured in Pasco crash

A member of the Sunlake High School wrestling team remained hospitalized Friday after a crash in which he lost control of his pickup truck and hit a fence and two trees.

Kasey Brant Reisinger, who turned 18 on April 22, was driving north on Shady Hills Road about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday when he failed to negotiate a left turn on the narrow, wet road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

He overcorrected and the 2003 Ford Ranger spun clockwise, hit a fence and then a tree before going airborne and hitting a second tree, the patrol report said.

Reisinger, who was wearing a seat belt, was rushed to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, where he remained Friday in critical, guarded condition, hospital spokesman Kurt Conover said.

No one was riding with him and no other vehicles were involved.

At Sunlake, teachers were notified of the accident in case any students wanted to talk about it, Pasco school district spokeswoman Linda Cobbe said. She said school officials had also reached out to offer support to the family.

According to the 2012 yearbook, Reisinger was on the school's wrestling team. He also was on the track and cross country team in 2010.

He was featured on a "look-a-likes" page as bearing a strong resemblance teen idol Justin Bieber.

"I take looking like Justin Bieber as a compliment," Reisinger said on that yearbook page.

"The fact that he gets a lot of girls makes it even better. A lot of girls like me because I look like him. So hey, I'm not complaining!"

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