A 27-year-old woman has been charged in connection with a car accident that left a North Carolina man seriously injured. The victim, a popular college baseball coach who helped coach two U.S. Olympic baseball teams, was hospitalized following the accident. Despite sustaining serious injuries, the victim's wife told reporters he is nearly back to normal and was cracking jokes within days of the accident. He was listed in good condition at last report.
Although the victim is expected to make a full recovery, he could potentially file a personal injury lawsuit against the woman accused of causing the crash. If successful, he would be awarded monetary damages compensating him for pain and suffering as well as medical costs incurred by his injuries.
The accident reportedly occurred when the suspect slammed into the back of the victim's car on Interstate 77, sending both vehicles into a nearby group of trees and severely wounding the victim. According to his wife, he sustained several cracked ribs, four leg fractures, bleeding of the brain and issues with his chest and lungs. Emergency medical personal who responded to the crash site said they transported two people to a nearby hospital, both of whom had suffered serious injuries, though it is unclear if the other injured individual was the suspect.
Police said they believe alcohol was involved in the crash but that a full investigation is still underway. The suspect was arrested and charged with reckless driving, driving on a revoked license and driving while impaired. The victim's wife said she felt incredibly lucky the accident was not more severe given the likely involvement of alcohol.
The athletics director at the college where the victim works said that while his team was initially very concerned by their coach's condition, they were relieved to learn that he is expected to recover from his injuries.
Source: WBTV.com, "S.C. woman charged in crash that injured college baseball coach," Sept. 18, 2012