US Soccer Star Hospitalized in Fatal Car Crash

Charlie Davies sustains multiple fractures, another passenger dead
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 14, 2009 12:03 AM CDT
Charlie Davies, right, runs for the ball followed by Trinidad and Tobago's Radanfah Abu Bakr during a World Cup qualifying soccer match in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009.   (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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(Newser) – Charlie Davies, a starting forward on the US national soccer team, broke several bones and sustained a lacerated bladder in a car crash yesterday that killed another passenger. The driver, who was not identified, swerved into a guardrail outside of Washington, leaving the car "pretty much split in half," according to a police spokesman. Davies is hospitalized with two fractures in his right leg, plus facial and elbow fractures. He will almost certainly not play in next summer's World Cup, which the US qualified for last weekend.