FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – Andrew Carpenter, a native of Kendallville and a member of Ivy Tech’s baseball team, has died from injuries he received in a car crash.
He had been hospitalized since the incident and, according to those close to him, his condition worsened in the 24 hours prior to his passing.
The official Ivy Tech Baseball Twitter account, which had been updating his condition, on Monday shared the message: “Pray for Andrew.”
On Tuesday, an assistant coach confirmed that he had died.
Carpenter and a teammate were hurt on Oct. 19 when they were involved in a two-vehicle collision.
The teammate’s injuries were less serious, but the crash caused Carpenter’s brain to swell and bleed.
Another person inside the vehicle when it was struck, Taylor Moriarity, offered the following in a Facebook post: “I love you Andrew. You were a brother to me that I never had. You were a better friend than anyone has ever been to me. You always had my back and you never left my side. You love me so greatly and I know that is not going to change because I gained a guardian angel today.”
Since the crash, family, friends and members of the Ivy Tech community had rallied to support Carpenter
Sue Ellspermann, president of the Ivy Tech Community College System was in town this morning from Indianapolis, and visited the hospital to check on Andrew. It meant a lot to Andrew’s parents that President Ellspermann stopped by. Thank you! Everyone keep praying for Andrew!! pic.twitter.com/RUnZ8jafSr
— Ivy Tech Baseball (@IvyTechBaseball) October 25, 2019
Carpenter was a sophomore at Ivy Tech and was a pitcher this past spring. He was a graduate of Lakewood Park Christian School in DeKalb County.
A GoFundMe account was established to help Carpenter’s family with related expenses.