Kentucky DB Ashely Lowery awake and responsive following auto accident

Kentucky DB Ashely Lowery awake and responsive following auto accident

[dropcap]K[/dropcap]entucky defensive back Ashely Lowery was awake, responsive and able to move his limbs Sunday morning, a day after being seriously injured in a car accident.

Ashely Lowery's vehicle (Photo from Doug Stutsman via Louisville Courier-Journal)

Ashely Lowery’s vehicle (Photo: Doug Stutsman via Louisville Courier-Journal)

Lowery, a junior from Cleveland, Ga., had returned home at the end of the semester. Around 4 a.m. Saturday morning, he flipped his 2006 Nissan Altima and was ejected, landing 100 feet from the vehicle.

He had been sedated in the intensive unit care at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, Ga. since the accident.

Kyle Tucker of the Louisville Courier-Journal spoke with family friend and spokesman Doug Stutsman who reports that Lowery is able to move his arms and legs, and is doing well, all things considered.

“Things are looking pretty good,” Stutsman, who is sports editor at the local White County News in Cleveland, Ga., Lowery’s hometown. “They took the breathing tube out this morning and woke him up. He recognized his family and was answering the doctors’ questions correctly.”

Martavius Neloms, a former Wildcat teammate, tweeted Sunday that he had spoken with Lowery, and that the injured player was in good spirits and asked Neloms to “thank everyone for their love and prayers.”

Stutsman also tweeted that Lowery was in a joking mood:

First thing he asked when he woke up: “Am I still pretty?”

Stutsman told the Courier-Journal that doctors believe that Lowery’s life might have been saved by the fact that he was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected.

“They say they’ve never seen a car that bad,” Stutsman said. “He was pretty lucky.”

Lowery (6-1, 219) started eight games last season and finished fifth on the team with 43 tackles and an interception, despite missing four games to injury.

Lowery suffered concussion-like symptoms in Kentucky’s game against Florida on Sept. 22, but returned later in the season. Following another head injury against Mississippi State on Oct. 6, he came back to start three straight games before missing the last two games yet again with concussion-like symptoms.

As a true freshman in 2011, Lowery played in 12 games, earning one start.

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