The heart of a 19-year-old San Carlos youth killed in a high-speed crash near Palm Springs has been donated to a man awaiting a transplant, the teen-ager’s mother said.
“I knew my son would have wanted it that way,” Maureen Kelly said Thursday of Sean Kelly.
The transplant occurred a few hours after Sean’s death Thursday at Eisenhower Medical Center here. The name of the recipient was not released.
“His heart was donated to a man with two small children, and from what I understand he is doing well and for that I am happy. I am sure Sean is happy, too,” Maureen Kelly said.
The accident Tuesday that killed Sean Kelly also killed the driver, Jon Gregory Treadway, 16, of Mount Helix and injured passengers Ramon “Skip” Summers, 19, of Lemon Grove and Jon Pasto, 20, of San Carlos.
Summers was in critical condition Friday at Eisenhower, a hospital spokeswoman said. Pasto was listed in serious condition at Desert Hospital in Palm Springs.
Treadway was driving his parents’ 1989 Jaguar sedan when he lost control of the car and it slammed into a palm tree on State Route 111 in Indian Wells. Parts of the car were scattered for about 100 yards, Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. John Killin said.
Maureen Kelly described the four young men as “kids as close as brothers.”
“They were surfers who liked the waves off Scripps Pier in La Jolla,” she said.
Treadway had delayed the trip to Palm Desert to join his family at their country club home until Sean Kelly got off work Monday evening at the restaurant where he waited tables, Maureen Kelly said.