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Charlie Davies’ court statement

At the sentencing for the driver responsible for the accident that killed a passenger and severely injured D.C. United’s Charlie Davies, attorney Jon Pels read the following statement on behalf of the forward:

“I am Charlie Davies and I was a passenger in the rear seat of the vehicle involved in the accident in this matter. Thank you for the opportunity to deliver a statement. Before addressing how the accident has impacted me physically and emotionally, please allow me to pay my heartfelt condolences to Ashley J. Roberta, her loved ones, friends and family. Nothing I have gone through can begin to compare to the tragic loss of life. I continue my prayers and thoughts as a sincere gesture of support and sympathy.”

“As for my physical condition as a result of the accident, I sustained severe life threatening injuries including a ruptured bladder; nasofrontal and orbital bone fractures (this is the socket of the skull in which the eye is situated); left rib fractures; and a right thalamic bleed (which means a mass of nerve cells centrally located in the brain); a right femur, tibia (or shinbone), and fibula fracture; a left forearm fracture with dislocation.”

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“With severe injuries and in critical condition, I underwent emergency surgery to repair my bladder, and Neurosurgeons were consulted for the thalamic bleed. Ultimately, orthopedic surgeons performed multiple procedures on me for my tibia (or shinbone); my left elbow and my facial fractures. Recovery has been painful and continues to this day although I am told it has been nothing short of miraculous and I am back on the soccer field.”

“A day before the accident I was living my dream -- proudly playing for the United States on our World Cup team as we had just clinched a Cup berth the Saturday before the accident in Honduras where I was able to provide an assist for a goal to help our team win. Our team was in Washington DC for another pre-World Cup game against Costa Rica at RFK Stadium. Due to the injuries I was unable to continue playing for the World Cup which destroyed at least for the time being my dream of helping the U.S. win a title. There have been many other ways in which this has impacted my life in ways other than the obvious physical injuries I have briefly described and the failure of me to realize my dream of representing our country at the World Cup.”

“I was asked by the U.S. Attorney to make a statement about how the accident impacted my life and I have briefly done that in this statement thus far. I want to make clear again however that my injuries no matter how severe pale in comparison to the death of Ashley J. Roberta. I cannot fathom what her parents go through on a daily basis and in some sense I have been able to focus on my recovery as an escape. My heart goes out to her family and in every instance in this case when I have been asked by my attorneys what my thoughts are on certain issues related to the accident, I have always deferred to those of the parents of Ms. Roberta. Again, my thoughts and prayers go out to her family and I will defer to them and the U.S. Attorney’s office as it respects the issues relating to the sentencing hearing.”

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.

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