Driver Drank Before Crash Injuring US Soccer Star

Davies hopes to play in World Cup

By Nancy Norman
|  Friday, Dec 18, 2009  |  Updated 6:45 PM EDT
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Driver Drank Before Crash Injuring US Soccer Star

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Charlie Daviesof USA competes against Frantz Gilles of Haiti during 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup competition at Gillette Stadium on July 11 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. USA and Haiti played to a 2-2 draw.

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The driver in the crash that injured U.S. Soccer Team striker Charlie Davies said she had been drinking, according to federal court records.

The still unidentified female driver crashed the vehicle in the southbound lanes of the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Virginia on Oct. 13. The SUV she was driving broke in half.

Passenger Roberta Ashley, 22, of Phoenix, Md., died. Davies was the other passenger. The tibia and femur in his right leg were broken, as was his left elbow. His bladder also was injured.

In the documents made public Thursday, a U.S. Park Police detective revealed that officers smelled alcohol on the driver's breath and she admitted she had been drinking.

The same detective said they were not able to recover data from an air bag sensor but they are still analyzing a GPS device from the vehicle.

Davis has undergone multiple operations and is currently in rehabilition in Delaware. He told ESPN he hopes to be able to play in next year's World Cup. 

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