Teen runner in relay race may not recover after being struck by car

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX – A Phoenix high school student is fighting for his life after he was struck by a car during a relay race.

The 18-year old Brophy student was on the shoulder of the Carefree Highway during a relay race when he was hit by a car early Saturday morning. His family says it is hoping for the best but fearing the worst.

When 3TV learned about the accident over the weekend, the initial report was that 18-year-old Robby Mayasich was seriously injured but stable.

Now 3TV has learned that his condition is worse than many imagined and his family has been told he may never recover.

Brophy College Preparatory senior Mayasich was struck by a car while participating in “Ragnar Relay,” an overnight relay race that started in Prescott and ended in the Valley.

Robby only made it part of the way. He was on Carefree Highway near Lake Pleasant when he was hit. He has been at St. Joseph's Hospital in critical condition since then.

On Sunday Robby's father, Dan, sent a letter to the school community. In it he says his son suffered severe brain injury. He writes doctors told him, “Robby's injuries were so severe that, in their opinion, he has no chance of recovery."

Bob Ryan, Brophy's principal, says, “I was at the hospital on Saturday with his family and friends and the indications were he might be able to pull through, just to see that word from the doctors is really difficult for everyone who knew him.”

Over the weekend 3TV caught up with some of Robby's friends, who described him as genuine and bright, a great guy.

AJ Steinmel tells 3TV, “He's just a really great guy. We're all shocked and broken up that this happened to him, we're all really pulling for him.”

It is a very tight-knit community at Brophy and the students, parents and faculty say they are all waiting and hoping for the best.