North Dakota women’s player Marvin injured in auto accident, ‘lucky to be alive’

According to the Grand Forks Herald, North Dakota sophomore forward Lisa Marvin was transported to Altru Hospital on Monday after being rear-ended on the side of a city road.

The report states that Marvin’s 1984 Dodge pickup had stalled in the westbound lane of Gateway Drive and she was attempting to fill it with gas when a car driven by 18-year-old Tristen Johnson hit her pickup from behind at approximately 1:20 p.m.

Marvin’s injuries were non-life threatening and she was in satisfactory condition as of 4 p.m. Monday, according to Altru spokesperson said Angie Laxdal.

Johnson was cited for careless driving, but those charges may be amended or he may receive additional charges as police continue investigating the crash, said Lt. Mike Ferguson in the article.

Marvin’s and Johnson’s vehicles each sustained about $5,000 in damage and were towed from the scene.

Marvin scored her first goal of the season last Friday night against Bemidji State.

UPDATE (Nov. 20, 2014): Gruesome details of the accident were revealed in Thursday’s edition of the Grand Forks Herald.

According to the report, Marvin’s arm was shattered between her elbow and shoulder and the bone went through her skin, leaving “a big hole, almost the size of a pop can,” her father, David Marvin, said. About three inches of the bone was taken out. She also suffered nerve damage to her arm and cannot straighten or close her fingers on her right hand, her right knee also needs major reconstructive surgery and Marvin may need bone grafts off of her hips.

“It’s going to take a lot of hard work on her part if life can be normal again,” David said to the paper. “She’s going to have a ton of doctor appointments, check-ups and X-rays. It’s going to be a very, very long road of rehab in front of her. At the moment, she’s extremely uncomfortable, even with the [painkillers]. Her best time is when her teammates come and visit her. That takes her mind off the pain.

“[Lisa is] really, really, really lucky to be alive.”