High school football star, 19, dies after flipping the red Corvette his mom rented him for prom

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Plantation, Florida – On Sunday, 19-year-old football star, Taletrius ‘TJ” Bradley was set to graduate from high school and go on to attend the University of Tampa on a full scholarship. However he would never make it to the stage.

Bradley died on Tuesday, two days after getting into a car crash after prom in the Corvette his mom rented him for the occasion.

He died in the hospital after succumbing to a brain injury sustained in the early morning crash.

The Deerfield Beach High School senior was driving back from prom with his football teammate, Demetrius Palmer, 17, when he lost control of the vehicle and flipped it on State Road around 3 a.m.

The two young men were thrown from the vehicle and rushed to Broward Health Medical Center.

Bradley and Palmer

Palmer remains in critical condition but is showing signs of improvement his coach, Jevon Glenn, said Tuesday.

Photos from prom night on Saturday show Bradley posing next to the 2017 red Chevrolet Corvette, wearing a matching red satin jacket.

A video shows him dancing next to the car as his friends and family cheer him on.

Bradley’s mother, Tammie Singletary said she rented the car for her son as a reward for all he had accomplished in high school.

‘He’s doing something with his life. He’s going to prom. He’s graduating. I wanted to put a smile on his face,’ his mother, Tammie, told WPLG of her decision to rent her son the sports car.

‘He wasn’t the only one. There were Lamborghinis, Maseratis. Everyone knows when it’s prom, that’s what it’s about – extravagant things,’ she added.

‘It could’ve happened to anybody. Like I said, he could have had a Toyota and it could have flipped over.’

Although only a junior, Palmer, a cornerback, had already received scholarship offers to play football in college.

Coach Glenn said he received a phone call about the crash around 3am on Sunday and rushed to the scene.

‘I could just tell from the wreck site, the car and just where Demetrius landed — how far away from the car — I knew it was bad,’ the coach said.

Glenn said that Bradley was a great football player, but that he was also a star in the classroom as well.

‘Academically, [Bradley] had done so well in the classroom, he could have gone to [college] without football,’ Glenn told the Sun Sentinel. ‘Football was really a plan B.’

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help raise money for Bradley’s funeral expenses. As of Wednesday, the fund had already surpassed it’s $5,000 goal.

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Needless to say, such a high powered car doesn’t belong in the hands of a teen. Some adults with years of driving experience can barely handle that car. Although reports aren’t saying anything, clearly the young man was speeding… Which like the mom said, could have happened in any car…

Prayers for her healing. She was only trying to put a smile on her child’s face.

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