INDIANAPOLIS — It wasn’t freezing that night, but it was chilly. Perfect weather for a little horseplay.
Ryan Bardellini and his friends opened the back of the SUV and Ryan hopped up for a ride. He felt the crisp wind blowing in his face on a 39-degree night last November. He saw the cement road racing beneath him.
It felt good to be hanging with his friends.
Bardellini, a nationally-ranked fencer from Zionsville and senior at the International School of Indiana, had spent most of Thanksgiving break with family.
When he asked his mom to go out that Saturday night, she said yes. He deserved it.
But as Ryan laughed and joked with his friends, something horrific happened inside that SUV. He lost his grip. He flew out of the back of the car.