A single-car accident and its aftermath in Orange Lake, Fla., early Friday morning has resulted in the death of trainer Coty Lee Davidson and the serious injury of jockey/newly-turned trainer Megan Fadlovich, the Gainesville Sun reports.
According to the Sun, witnesses said their car veered off the roadway on Interstate 75 north of Ocala and hit the guardrail, ejecting Fadlovich as it rolled onto its roof. Reports say Fadlovich fell 40 feet from an overpass onto a guardrail on Highway 329, below the interstate. The Sun reports that Fadlovich was taken to Ocala Regional Medical Center, where she was listed in serious condition.
Davidson was apparently able to escape the vehicle, but fell off the overpass onto the shoulder of the highway below, and he did not survive the fall.
The two had recently begun dating, and were wintering in central Florida, based at the Classic Mile Training Center in Ocala. They both competed primarily at Mountaineer Park in West Virginia and Ohio's Belterra Park in 2019, while Fadlovich also had a regular presence in the Southwest earlier in the year.
Davidson, a 33-year-old native of Los Angeles, saddled his first horse as a trainer in 2011, and had 18 wins on his resume, with his business picking up significantly over the past couple years. His most notable runner was Mr Chocolate Chip, who finished second in the Grade 3 Bashford Manor Stakes at Churchill Downs in 2018.
Illinois native Fadlovich, 30, has won 502 races since taking her first mount in 2010. Her regular mounts of note have included multiple Ohio stakes winners Jac's Fact, Mound, and Isadella.
Fadlovich has been making the transition to become a trainer over the winter, and the first runner under her shingle is slated to race on Saturday: Mr Wrench It in the seventh race at Tampa Bay Downs.
Read more at the Gainesville Sun.
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