This was not how the U.S. soccer team had intended to follow up its newly won World Cup berth. This was not how rising-star forward Charlie Davies had hoped to become a trending topic on Twitter.
Yet this is the grim reality following Davies' horrific Tuesday morning auto accident on the George Washington Parkway in Northern Virginia: One of the passengers, 22-year-old Ashley J. Roberta, of Phoenix, Md., has died. The as-yet-unidentified driver is in the hospital.
And Davies, 23, is facing an arduous six- to 12-month recovery and extensive rehabilitation after undergoing surgery for a broken right femur and tibia, a broken left elbow, facial fractures and a lacerated bladder.