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Pleasant View teen badly injured in ATV accident

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PLEASANT VIEW, TN (WSMV) -

The family of a Middle Tennessee prep football player says he is in the fight of his life following a weekend accident.

Jackie Dale "JD" Hill was riding an all-terrain vehicle in Pleasant View when it overturned and left him badly hurt.

As Hill underwent surgery Monday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, his friends endured an agonizing wait, praying and hoping for his recovery.

Randy Newman was just out visiting his parents Saturday afternoon when he ended up being among the first on the scene of the serious ATV accident.

"He was laying right up in here. I could see it was going to be an ugly accident that injured his neck," Newman said.

Hill, a sophomore at Sycamore High School, was with friends, trudging through thick, dried mud in a field Saturday.

Witnesses said clouds of dust and screams of delight made it evident the three boys were having fun on the ATVs, but then Hill lost control and the handle bars bent.

"The four-wheeler got caught in these combine ruts and flipped it, over and the back cage hit him on the head. A helmet would've helped him for sure," Newman said.

Family and friends gathered at Monday at Vanderbilt to wait and pray as Hill went through many hours of surgery. Among his injuries was damage to one of his eyes.

"He's doing alright. I told him to play me in thumb wars and he sat and moved his thumb and tried to make everyone feel calm," said friend Zach Biggs.

In the past, Hill played baseball for Joelton, but this year he is No. 42 on the Sycamore War Eagles' football team.

His coach is among the many people showing support. And Hill even showed the coach how eager he is to return.

"And then he asked for a pen and paper and wrote, 'what's the plan for next year?'" said brother Shay Williams.

When asked if a helmet would have made a difference in the accident, Biggs tearfully, sadly and bravely said "yes."

Now, he hopes others will learn.

Hill's family said he is expected to make a full recovery and will hopefully play football again soon.

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