Advanced-level eventer Colin Davidson, 29, passed away today, Dec. 6, after a one-car accident near his home in Charlottesville, Va.
Around nightfall yesterday, Davidson’s truck veered off the roadside, collided with a tree and rolled down an embankment. According to fellow eventer Lainey Ashker, who was at the hospital with Davidson, medics found him responsive at the scene. But throughout the evening his condition worsened, and he did not respond to tests at the University of Virginia’s Neurological Intensive Care Unit.
Davidson was a registered organ donor, and his family gave consent for him to be taken off life support as soon as any matches could be made. That happened around noon today.
Davidson, originally from South Conway, N.H., competed through the four-star level on his horse Draco and was named to the 2010 U.S. Equestrian Federation’s Eventing Developing Rider List.
Ashker was among several locally based eventers who spent last night and this morning at the UVA Medical Center in support of Davidson.
“It shows how truly loved he was,” she said. “Sometimes we’re closer with our horse family than our regular family, because the people who go through all the things we do are really the only ones who understand us. It just really hurts. He was such a young person and so vital.
“He was on his way to buy a Christmas tree,” Ashker added. “I haven’t had a tree since I was 12 years old, but I’m going to get a tree this year for Colin.”