A Burnaby junior hockey player is out of danger following a single-vehicle automobile accident in Waterloo, Iowa on Monday evening.
Victor Newell, 19, a second-year defenceman with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the U.S. Hockey League was concious and had only minor facial injuries after the vehicle he was driving left the road at a high rate of speed and hit a tree at approximately 11 p.m. on Dec. 17.
He was unconscious when he was transported to Allen Hospital in Waterloo.
"He is very lucky to come out with very minor injuries. He came out of it last night," said mother Jan Newell on Tuesday afternoon. "He was just incredibly lucky."
Jan said a hospital CAT scan revealed no internal injuries. Victor suffered a fractured eye socket in the crash, but there was no damage to the eye itself.
Victor's father flew out to be at his bedside on Tuesday.
"I can't tell you how terrified I was last night," said Jan.
Victor scored four goals and counted 12 points with the Black Hawks. He was acquired in a trade with the Omaha Lancers earlier this season.
Victor is committed to play hockey at Harvard University.
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