UK football player recovering from injuries after crash - News, Weather & Sports

UK football player recovering from injuries after crash

Ashely Lowery Ashely Lowery
The wreckage of Lowery's car. The wreckage of Lowery's car.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A lot of UK fans have been worried about one of their own who was in a serious car crash over the weekend. UK safety Ashely Lowery was in his home state of Georgia, when his car flipped and he was thrown from his car. Police say Lowery was not wearing his seat belt when he wrecked.  

A family friend says Lowery was done with finals and back in Georgia visiting family and friends. A patrol statement said the wreck happened about 4 a.m. Saturday in White County. Lowery, 20, was alone in the 2006 Nissan Altima when it car ran off the roadway and overturned several times. Lowery ended up about 100 feet from his car.  

"It's actually very fortunate that he was ejected from the windshield," said Doug Stutsman, sports editor of the White County News and a close friend of Lowery. "If he would have stayed in the car there is no guarantee, but the doctors say if he stayed in car he would have died on impact." 

His condition significantly improved on Monday. Stutsman said Lowery suffered some scratches, bruises, and gashes, but no broken bones, no brain or head injuries and no internal injuries. The quick-witted jokester had his loved one's laughing shortly after the accident on Sunday. A family friend says he was so out of it and said, "Am I still pretty?" 

Lowery became known for a particular moment in his football career back in 2010, when he played for the White County Warriors. It was the touchdown that caught everyone's attention, labeled the "Lowery Leap." It was shown on ESPN and became an internet sensation, drawing more than a million views. 

Coach Mark Stoops tweeted on Saturday "Ashley we love you and the team is praying for you".

"Prayers for Ashely Lowery", tweeted junior linebacker Tre Dunn.

Former UK player Martavius Neloms tweeted "Ashely might be my lil bro but I still look up to him. Glad u doing well Superman. Is ya new nickname".

Stoops released the following statement Monday regarding Lowery:

"I went to see Ashely today and was glad to see him and spend some time with him. We're thankful for the progress he's made and are hopeful he will continue that improvement. He's heard from a lot of teammates and is grateful for all the good wishes and prayers that so many people are offering on his behalf. We ask the Big Blue Nation to join Ashely's football family in continuing to pray for a speedy recovery." 

This statement was released by Lowery's family:

"On behalf of the Lowery family, we'd like to thank everyone for their concerns and prayer. From Georgia to Lexington, we can't thank everyone enough. You are like family to us. The only official comment from the hospital is that his condition has been upgraded from stable to satisfactory and his injuries are no longer life threatening. We expect a full recovery. Again, thank you so much for all the prayers and support."

Lowery started eight games for the Wildcats as a sophomore in 2012. He ranked fifth on the team with 43 tackles.

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