U.S. Soccer Star Seriously Injured in Crash

Published October 14, 2009

Officials say that U.S. soccer player Charlie Davies is expected to make a full recovery after being involved in an accident early Tuesday near Washington, D.C., in which another person was killed.

The 23-year-old Davies, who plays for the French club Sochaux, was listed in serious but stable condition following several hours of surgery at Washington Hospital Center, according to a spokesman at the facility. He widely is regarded as one of the U.S. national team’s most promising players.

Davies suffered a lacerated bladder, and fractures to his face, left elbow, the tibia and femur bones in his right leg, The Associated Press reports. Another passenger in the car, Channel Ashley J. Roberta, 22, from Phoenix, Md., was pronounced dead at the scene, The Washington Post reports.

There was no information immediately available about the third passenger in the car, who was driving when the vehicle hit a metal highway median, according to the Post. Police are still investigating the accident, the newspaper reports.

For the next week, Davies is expected to remain in the hospital, where he will undergo additional surgeries.

"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."

Written by BET.com Staff

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