Kentucky football player returning to practice after car accident

Fans of University of Kentucky Wildcat football may know Ashely Lowery as the starting defensive back who finished the 2012-2013 season with the fifth most tackles on the team. Others may recognize his name from the news when he was in a serious auto accident in May 2013. Lowery has been recovering from his injuries slowly, and in July his doctors cleared him to work out with his team again.

The accident occurred in Lowery's home state of Georgia. Lowery's vehicle crossed the center line and slipped over an embankment, causing the vehicle to flip several times. The football player flew out of the vehicle and landed 100 feet away. Lowery spent almost a week in intensive care and required breathing tubes and a neck brace at one point. The accident report indicated that the most severe point of impact was to his head.

When a young person with so much talent is involved in an auto accident, it is always a tragedy. However, police reports show that Lowery may have made some poor choices that led to his accident. Police tested his blood alcohol concentration after the accident, and test results showed his BAC was 0.139 two hours after the accident. Police cited Lowery for driving under the influence. 

Those who choose to drive after consuming enough alcohol to impair their functioning are negligent. They put themselves and everyone else on the road at risk for serious harm. Lowery only injured himself in his accident, but it could have been much worse. He is lucky that he will recover from his injuries and did not hurt anyone else. 

Source: USA Today, "Kentucky's Ashely Lowery cited for DUI after May car accident," Jonathan Lintner, July 11, 2013 

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