Severn River Men's Rugby Player, Ryan Kivitz aka Samoa was in a serious accident on Tuesday night. As he was leaving the firehouse, he saw a car accident on 795 near Owings Mills Blvd. A single car slammed into the jersey wall, creating extensive damage to its front end with a pt stuck inside. 911 was dispatched and then he parked his vehicle at a safe distance along with a box truck who stopped to put flares up. Ryan then attempted to save this gentleman in the vehicle and asses his injuries. While getting him out the car and to safety, he heard a noise roaring toward him. And the next thing he remembers is he was in a ditch 20+ feet from where he was last standing. He was struck head on by a drunk driver at 100+ miles an hour, as a pedestrian. He was flown to shock trauma where he had multiple surgeries. He is safe and alive and has been released from the hospital, to the care of his family. But he is nowhere near out of the dark yet. He has multiple broken bones, steel plates and rods were put in his body. He will have to learn how to walk again and we expect a long road to recovery. His career as a Firemen/First Responder will be over for a while and he won't be with us on the pitch this spring and possibly for quite some time to come.
We want to send a HUGE thanks to the State Police, Baltimore County Fire. Engine 2, medic 2, and many others that responded because you guys never missed a step, and are the reason he is here today. As well as the bystanders who saw him laying in the ditch and helped hold C spine. The guy who held his leg in place til help arrives.
Those of us who know Ryan, know that he is an incredible guy, he is so generous and supportive of all of us, of our rugby club and it is no surprise that he put his life on the line to try and save a stranger on the side of the highway, even while off duty. Though Ryan is lucky to be alive, he will be struggling through a long road to recovery and his life will forever be changed. We hope that we can all be there to support Ryan in his time of need as he has always been there for so many of us.
How Can You Help?
This weekend we will be putting together a basket of goodies for Ryan to help him through recovery. Anything you can think of he might need or just want to help keep his spirits up can be brought to the 7s workout on Saturday or the Crossfit workout on Sunday. We will be making a special delivery to his parents house on Sunday after the Crossfit workout.
If you cannot make it out this weekend or don't know what to give, that is fine. We will also be taking donations. He will need a lot of various things immediately to get him back on his feet and these things take money. All proceeds will be donated direct to Ryan and anything he doesn't need, he can donate to a First Responders or Drunk Driving Charity of his choice, in his name.
You can donate thru the following links. Leave "Ruggers for Ryan" in the description.
If you want to send him some love from afar to go in his care package, you can do here:
Thanks in advance for your love and support! The more Ruggers for Ryan that support him, the quicker Kivitz can get back on his feet!