Kentucky starting safety Ashely Lowery hospitalized following car accident
[dropcap]K[/dropcap]entucky safety Ashely Lowery is hospitalized in Georgia with injuries suffered in a car accident in the early morning hours Saturday.
According to Kyle Tucker of the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Georgia Department of Safety says that Lowery crashed his 2006 Nissan Altima at 4 a.m. The car overturned several times and Lowery was thrown 100 feet.
UK athletic department spokesman Tony Neely confirmed that Lowery is being treated in a hospital but said the school was still gathering details about the accident.
A junior from Cleveland, Ga., Lowery had apparently returned home at the end of the semester.
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.
UPDATE - May 5, 2013, 7:11 a.m.: Lowery is in the Intensive Care Unit at The Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, Ga. and is in “critical but stable” condition.
A family spokesman told WKYT-TV in Lexington that the extent of his neck injury is not known, but that he has no significant brain damage.
Photo credit: Lexington Herald-Leader