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.