Posted: 1:47 pm Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Former Dwyer football player Kenneth Shaw in critical condition after car accident 

By Matt Porter

Kenneth Shaw, a starting defensive lineman on Dwyer’s 2009 state championship team, remains in critical condition after a car accident in Palm Beach Gardens Tuesday morning.



Shaw, 20, crashed at the corner of Kyoto Gardens Drive and Alternate A1A in Palm Beach Gardens just before 11 a.m. on Tuesday. He was riding a scooter and he collided with a car, police confirmed Friday.

He suffered life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to St. Mary’s Medical Center, Keith Bryer, spokesman for Palm Beach Gardens Fire-Rescue said on Tuesday.

Shaw suffered bleeding and swelling in his brain, a blood clot in his brain and a broken leg in the accident, Dwyer assistant coach Paul Meunier said on Thursday.

“Everybody was pretty shook up,” Meunier said. “Anytime something like that happens, it’s pretty shocking.”

Meunier said Shaw underwent brain surgery Tuesday afternoon and remains sedated.

“I think everybody’s nervous about the next 24 to 48 hours,” Meunier said on Thursday. “We just don’t want him to get any worse. The doctors have said he’s not going to get much better in the next two to three days.

“It’s tough because it’s a waiting game. They can’t do anything to speed the process up. They’ve pretty much done all they can do. Now it’s just waiting.”

Shaw, who was a state qualifier in wrestling and played lacrosse, signed with Arizona Western (Yuma, Ariz.) after graduating from Dwyer. He spent last fall there and took the spring semester off. He planned to return this fall, Meunier said.

Dwyer students are selling yellow ribbons at school to help raise funds to pay for part of Shaw’s medical bills. Shaw does not have medical insurance. Donations can be made to William T. Dwyer High School, 13601 North Military Trail. Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418.

This story was originally posted on March 10 at 5:44 p.m. and was updated March 11 at 3:44 p.m.