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October 13, 2009
Davies suffers injuries after fatal car crash in northern Virginia

Charlie Davies was listed in serious condition after sustaining injuries in a one-car crash.
Charlie Davies was listed in serious condition after sustaining injuries in a one-car crash.
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WASHINGTON, DC---Forward Charlie Davies, the breakout star of the National Team this year, suffered internal injuries in a fatal single-car crash in northern Virginia early Tuesday morning.

Davies was listed in serious condition after undergoing several hours of surgery at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. Tuesday afternoon. His injuries were not considered life-threatening, according to a U.S. Soccer spokesman.

Davies suffered a lacerated bladder and fractures to the tibia and femur bones in his right leg. He also suffered facial fractures and a left elbow fracture. Davies was air-lifted to the hospital where a team of doctors first repaired a ruptured bladder and then inserted titanium rods in both the tibia, the bone in the lower leg, and the femur, which is the thigh bone, with no complications. Davies will be hospitalized for at least a week and additional surgeries will be required to stabilize his left elbow fracture and possibly the facial fractures.

“Injuries of this nature usually require a recovery period of six to 12 months and extensive rehabilitation,” said U.S. Soccer physician Dr. Dan Kalbac, who is with the team in D.C. and collaborated with the treating doctors. ”Due to Charlie’s fitness level, his prognosis for recovery and his ability to resume high-level competition is substantially improved.”

Ashley J. Roberta, 22, of Phoenix, Md. died at the scene of the crash on the George Washington Parkway, police said. Three people were in the car. Davies was a passenger, police told U.S. Soccer.

"Obviously, as a team we were saddened to learn this news," U.S. coach Bob Bradley said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Charlie and his family, as well as the people in the car and the families of the others involved. As a team, we are relying on each other in a moment that has for sure hit us all hard."

Davies, 23, was in the nation's capital with the U.S. National Team in preparation for its final World Cup qualifying match against Costa Rica at RFK Stadium Wednesday (ESPN2, 7 p.m CT).

U.S. players usually have a curfew for qualifying games, but it was unclear whether there was one Monday night because the Americans had clinched a spot in next year's World Cup in South Africa with a 3-2 win over Honduras in San Pedro Sula, Honduras Saturday night.

Davies became a vital part of the American attack during the FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa in June, adding speed, a dimension the team had lacked up front. He scored the first goal in the 3-0 group win over Egypt, was dangerous in the 2-0 semifinals upset of then top-ranked Spain and set up the U.S.'s second goal in the 3-2 final loss to Brazil.

He has scored four times in 17 international appearances. He played in the first 78 minutes of Saturday's game.
A native of Manchester, N.H. Davies played three years (2004-06) at Boston College, and is playing in his first season with Sochaux in the French First Division.

“All of us here at Boston College were stunned to learn this news,” Boston College head men’s soccer coach Ed Kelly said. “The entire Boston College community is praying for Charlie and the others involved in this tragic accident.”
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