Ashley J. Roberta, a 22-year-old graduate of the University of Tennessee, was killed in a car crash which seriously injured U.S. national soccer player Charlie Davies.
Davies, 23, is in serious condition at Washington Hospital, with potentially career ending injuries after undergoing more than five hours of surgery.
Roberta died at the scene of the crash, which occurred at 3:15 a.m. Tuesday morning on the George Washington Memorial Parkway in her native city of Phoenix, Maryland.
A 2009 graduate of the University of Tennessee, Roberta was a Political Science major, with a minor in Journalism and Electronic Media.
The driver, whom the police have not identified, apparently lost control of the SUV, which split in half after hitting a guard rail.
“Obviously, as a team we are saddened to learn this news,” U.S. Coach Bob Bradley said in a statement released by the federation. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Charlie and his family, as well as the people in the car and the families of the others involved.
“As a team, we are relying on each other in a moment that has for sure hit us all hard.”
Davies was in Washington, DC, with the U.S. team preparing for the World Cup Qualifier on Wednesday.
He updated his Twitter page at 3:36 p.m. on October 12:
On my way to training, Costa Rica on Wednesday at RFK here in DC. Gotta love this cold weather
Photos of crash and Ashley Roberta below: