Weeks after it was announced that Dartmouth football coach Buddy Teevens sustained “serious” injuries in a crash while riding a bicycle, his wife released some horrible news. She stated on Tuesday that he lost a leg and sustained spinal cord damage in the collision.
Kirsten Teevens made the announcement in a statement shared by Dartmouth.
“We would like to thank everyone for the incredible outpouring of love and support for Buddy,” the statement reads. “It has been nothing short of amazing and we are so grateful. As Buddy navigates through the healing of his injuries, he is experiencing many positive improvements. Unfortunately, as a result of the accident, Buddy’s right leg was amputated due to the severity of the injury.
“He is alert and communicating with us and ready for transfer to a premier rehab facility to continue healing. Spinal cord injuries are challenging, and if anybody is up for the challenge, it is Buddy. We appreciate your continued respect of our privacy as we navigate this ongoing recovery process as a family.”
Teevens and his wife were both on bicycles while on their way home from a restaurant when the longtime coach was struck by a pickup truck being driven by a 40-year-old female driver.
A preliminary report from the Florida Highway Patrol described Teevens’ injuries as “critical” and noted that “no illuminated lights were observed on the bicycle.” They also noted that Teevens was not wearing a helmet and “was not in a crosswalk or designated crossing area.”
The 66-year-old is Dartmouth’s all-time winningest coach. He coached the team to back-to-back Ivy League titles during his first stint as head coach between 1987 and 1991. He returned in 2005, winning three more titles.
For his career, he owns a 117-101-2 record and is 83-70-1 in Ivy League play.
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