EDGAR ZUNIGA - Tuesday, October 13, 2009
More details have emerged in the aftermath of Sochaux and USMNT striker Charlie Davies' fatal vehicle accident in Virginia early Tuesday morning.

Davies, who was one of three people in the accident which occurred on the southbound lanes of the George Washington Memorial Parkway, suffered a ruptured bladder in addition to fractures to the tibia and femur bones in his right leg, elbow and facial structures.

The former Boston College Eagle underwent five hours of emergency surgery, where surgeons repaired his bladder and inserted titanium rods in the tibia and femur. Davies is listed in serious but stable condition and expected to remain hospitalized for at least a week, with further surgeries needed to stabilize his left elbow and facial fractures.

"Injuries of this nature usually require a recovery period of six to 12 months and extensive rehabilitation," team physician Dr. Dan Kalbac, said in a US Soccer press statement. "Due to Charlie's fitness level, his prognosis for recovery and his ability to resume high-level competition is substantially improved."

Davies was injured in the 3:15 am crash which killed 22-year old Ashley Roberta of Phoenix, Maryland and seriously injured the yet to be identified female driver when the SUV the three were traveling in collided with a metal barrier at a high rate of speed, splitting the vehicle in half.

Davies started and went 78 minutes for the US on Saturday in the Americans' World Cup-clinching 3-2 victory over Honduras and has four goals in 17 appearances for the Red, White and Blue.
Thursday October 22, 2009 12:40 pm
A long standing ovation is waiting for the day charlie returns to the field.
Glyn James Davies
Sunday October 18, 2009 10:15 am
So sad, Charlie is a unique player. So talented, all my thoughts are with him and I am so proud of our team. Go U.S.A., good luck for 2010.
Sunday October 18, 2009 12:10 am
I'd hate to say it, but hundreds of athletes around the world each day get injuired before even making it that are more than talented enough to play professional sports. You have to be sooo lucky to even get to where Charlie was at in his career in the first place.

For Mr Davies, it is certianly unfortunate that it happened. I wish that it wouldnt have, he probably would have started for us in the World Cup. He is young and fit, and should be able to make a comeback. I feel bad for Sochaux too, they are really going to miss the quality that he brought to the table.

Get better Charlie!!!! everyone is pulling for you.
Thursday October 15, 2009 4:47 pm
We wish Charlie well.

But one has to ask the question: why before a World Cup Qualifying match is a star athlete up and driving around (one would be amazed if alcohol was not involved) at 3:00 am in the morning only a day ahead of the kick-off?
Thursday October 15, 2009 1:52 pm
Godspeed and all the best to Charlie with his healing and recovery.

Sincere condolences to the family of the young woman, also a passenger, whose life was so needlessly lost in this same wreck.

This is yet another tragic and strong reminder to everyone everywhere to slow down and obey the laws concerning speed limits. Speed kills absolutely. Slower speeds allow all concerned more time to act and react as events occur.
Thursday October 15, 2009 1:45 am
come on charlie hope u recover fast and were wit u man!!
Joel Perez
Thursday October 15, 2009 12:16 am
Pull it together bro! USA!
Wednesday October 14, 2009 10:35 pm
Wow, first Charlie, now Gooch... I sure hope I'm wrong, but it looks like Gooch ruptured his patellar tendon tonight. He could be in for a long recovery too...
Tiger N
Wednesday October 14, 2009 2:16 pm
Just a little FYI you can e-mail Charlie They are printing out all of them and taking them to charlie later today.
Wednesday October 14, 2009 2:05 pm
Charlie we are praying that you will be fully recovered and that God will work a miracle in your life. Thanks for all you have done to inspire all the fans of US soccer.
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