Update: Carly Anne Kelly, 15, who also was injured in the crash, will be released from the Nebraska Medical Center today and go to Lincoln's Madonna Rehabilitation Center in Lincoln, according to a Facebook page dedicated to her recovery.
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A Marian High School sophomore received a warm welcome from her classmates on Thursday, her first day back at school since a fatal car crash.
Madeline “Maddie” Shely, 16, suffered a brain injury in the Oct. 11 crash at Highway 370 and 180th Street near Gretna.
Classmate Carly Anne Kelly, 15, also injured in the crash, remained in good condition Thursday at the Nebraska Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Nate LaFave, 15, a Mount Michael Benedictine student who was with the girls, died in the crash.
The Sarpy County Sheriff's Office has said a preliminary investigation indicated that the SUV Maddie was driving failed to yield to an eastbound pickup truck. The crash remains under investigation, County Attorney Lee Polikov said Thursday.
Susan Toohey, head of school at Marian, said Maddie spent her first day back visiting with administrators and counselors and watching a movie with her classmates in the West Gym.
Maddie will return to school again on Monday to attend art class.
Counselors will continue to work with Maddie and her parents to see what other classes can be added in the coming days.
“She is recovering physically very well and can walk independently, take care of all her needs and speak clearly,” Toohey said in a statement. “God's healing touch has certainly had a part in this recovery.”