FRIENDS & FAMILY OF GABRIĆ WAIT OUTSIDE THE SPLIT HOSPITAL
Croatian international Drago Gabrić is in critical condition and has fallen into a coma at a Split hospital after a freak car accident Monday evening in Croatia. The 24 year-old Gabrić was driving his BMW X6 in rainy conditions between Dugopolje and Biska, just outside his hometown of Split. After a three-hour investigation, police determined that Gabrić lost control of the BMW in a gentle left curve and careened off the road. He fell eight feet below the roadway as the car rolled over. Best friend Anthony Đuzel was also riding in the car but only sustained minor injuries.
Drago Gabrić was immediately transferred to the intensive care unit of the Split Clinical Hospital. He currently rests in a comatose state with severe head injuries, including a skull fracture and brain contusion.
Split and its surrounding areas were hit by heavy rain on Monday which contributed to the accident. No foul play was reported by police investigators.
Gabrić was just called up by Croatia manager Slaven Bilić for the pivotal Euro 2012 qualifier with Georgia on June 3rd from Split. It would have been Gabrić’s homecoming to Poljud after being sold to Turkish club Trabzonspor in the summer of 2009 by Hajduk. After scoring four goals in 25 appearances for Trabzonspor during the 2009-10 season, Gabrić was loaned out to Ankaragücü the next year where he scored three goals in only 14 matches. Numerous injuries kept Gabrić off the pitch.
The five-time capped Croatian midfielder is now fighting for his life and is thought to never play soccer again after this tragic accident, even after a god willing successful recovery. Mato Jajalo is the obvious candidate to take Gabrić’s place in this unfortunate situation.
Friends and former teammates of Gabrić came to the hospital as soon as news hit, including Kaja Rogulj, Nikola Kalinić, Goran Vučević, Aljoša Asanović, Nenad Pralija and Tomislav Erceg.
Drago’s mother was inconsolable on the night and father Tonči Gabrić, a former Hajduk Split goalkeeper, was quoted as saying, “It’s all in God’s hands.”
CSR’s thoughts and prayers are with Drago Gabrić and his family at this somber time.