The tragic incident occurred at a gathering where Lewis was standing near a burn barrel. According to her mother, Ericca Hammond, another teen reportedly threw a pan filled with gasoline onto the fire, causing a catastrophic explosion that engulfed Lewis.
“I thought it was a cup at first, but now I found out that it was an actual pan full of gasoline into the barrel, and they say that it just exploded and just went in her direction,” shared Hammond. “It was devastating. Completely burned her whole body.”
Lewis was immediately taken to Parkland Hospital in Dallas, where she underwent multiple surgeries while being placed in a medically induced coma. Despite the efforts of medical professionals, the extent of her injuries proved insurmountable.
While there was a glimmer of hope earlier in the week when Lewis was briefly taken out of the coma and showed small movements with her tongue, her condition took a downturn, and she was placed back into the medically induced coma.
The incident serves as a poignant reminder of the devastating consequences that can arise from seemingly innocent gatherings, emphasizing the importance of caution and safety, especially around potentially hazardous materials.