SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - He was known for his intensity on the court. Tonight a former high school basketball star continues to fight for his life.
Tyler Hicks, 27, remains in critical condition at UK Hospital following a crash on the Bluegrass Parkway Tuesday night.
Hicks played at Scott County from 2001 to 2004, his father Billy Hicks, is still the coach. According to Kentucky State Police Hicks was driving West on the Parkway heading back to Fort Knox when he lost control of his 2004 Toyota Corolla and slammed into a guardrail.
On Thursday, doctors at UK put the 27-year-old in a medically induced coma.
Now friends are offering support to the family by organizing a candlelight prayer to be held on the basketball courts across from Scott County High School Friday night.
"He is such a great guy. I was devastated when I heard the news," said Whitney Willingham, one of several friends putting the vigil together.
"Just a time to reflect, because not only is it for Tyler, it's for his family, too," she explained. "I mean everybody knows his family they are a big part of this community and we just want them to know that we love them and we are going to support them."
"Tyler's family has given us so much to be proud of in Scott County on and off the Basketball court," Stephanie Cochran said. "So we want to give back, and let them know, now we are here for them."
The candlelight gathering is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Friday at Scott County Park to pray and encourage the Hicks family. Organizers ask people planning to attend to bring candles, photos and memories of Tyler.
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