One Barron teen to return to school Tuesday, other still in Ga. hospital

Nicolas Healey

Nicolas Healey

One of two Barron Collier High School students will return to class Tuesday following a serious crash in Georgia last week.

Cameron Conroy, 17, suffered bruised lungs and road rash following the March 23 crash just south of Macon, Ga., on Interstate 75.

“He gets tired pretty quick and he walks a little slow,” Conroy’s father Steve Conroy said Monday.

Students will gather around the flag pole Tuesday morning before class to pray for Conroy and his passenger Nick Healey, said Jennifer Weimer, a spokeswoman for the Collier County School District.

Reports say the crash happened when the teens’ tire blew out.

Healey, also 17, lost part of his right leg as a result of the crash. His mother Beth Healey said Monday that her son remained positive but would not return to school for some time.

“He is hanging in there,” she said. “He has such strong faith and such strong spirits. We’re just doing one day at a time, sometimes one hour at a time.”

Two school groups, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the school’s choir will meet Tuesday to discuss other possible showings of support, Weimer said.

In the meantime, a fundraising website has garnered more then $11,000 in donations to aid Healey in his recovery.

“It’s amazing, it’s overwhelming,” Beth Healey said.

After the crash, Beth Healey said family friends gave her son a new phone to replace the one he lost in the wreckage. Another acquaintance drove all the way to Georgia to deliver an iPad.

“And that is what has gotten us through the night of pain, was listening to music,” Beth Healey said. “He drove 10 hours to bring Nick an iPad.”

To donate to Healey’s recovery expenses, visit and search for “What Love Does For Nick,”