Walnut Cove teen critically injured in wreck
Leslie Bray, News Editor
A 17-year-old girl from Walnut Cove was critically injured in an automobile accident on Thursday, Mar. 24. Jamie Rominger was driving a Honda passenger vehicle when she pulled out in front of an oncoming vehicle. The driver of the oncoming vehicle which hit Rominger was Dwayne Nykamp, also from Walnut Cove and in a Honda passenger vehicle. Nykamp was headed eastbound on Highway 65 in Walnut Cove when Rominger pulled out from Hinsdale Road.
The accident happened at approximately 7:46 a.m. as Jamie and her passenger, 16-year-old Jessica Cummings, were on their way to school at South Stokes High. Emergency workers report that Rominger had to be cut out of the car and was airlifted to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.
Cummings was taken to the hospital as well, and Nykamp went for medical treatment later on his own. Neither had life-threatening injuries as Rominger did. She was still in ICU as of Tuesday, Mar. 29.
An outpouring of love and support from the community and beyond followed the tragic accident last week. A Facebook page was begun on Friday, Mar. 25, entitled Praying for Jamie. As of Tuesday at noon, the page had 7,661 people who had joined to pledge to pray anywhere and at any time for Rominger.
According to the Facebook posting, Rominger suffered a broken leg and broken pelvis and had to have her spleen removed and her liver repaired. A relative reported that Rominger had opened her eyes at one point and that pressure in her head had been relieved, producing better results.
A call went out to those who are praying and believing for Romingers recovery to wear yellowher favorite coloron Tuesday, Mar. 29. According to another of Romingers relatives the South Stokes parking lot was a sea of yellow that morning. Facebook reports coming from other states indicated that yellow was even being worn out-of-state in support of Romingers recovery.
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