Ex-Fox News Reporter Hospitalized after Car Accident: ‘I’m Lucky to Be Alive’

Former Fox News correspondent Rick Leventhal has been hospitalized after being involved in a serious car accident.

Leventhal, the husband of former The Real Housewives of Orange County star Kelly Dodd, said he’s “lucky to be alive” after the smash.

The journalist shared a video from the hospital that said:

“So lucky to be alive and grateful for the well wishes and care I’m getting. 4 broken ribs, fractured bone in right foot, wounded pride.

“Nothing internal that they can find. So far that’s it.

“I was heading east on the I-10 about 40 minutes outside of Palm Desert.

“Hit what felt like a patch of ice, road was slick.

“Lost control and slammed into the wall hard.

“Started spinning around across lanes of traffic and slammed right into the back of a tractor-trailer.

“My window busted, both airbags deployed, I think I might’ve broken my ribs from the airbags.”

“Honestly I’m lucky to be alive.

“Scariest moments of my life.

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“This makes everything even more meaningful.”

Dodd said: “There will be no smash tomorrow on @youtube the rick and kelly show.

“My husband got in a horrible car accident.

“He is in the ER. Please say prayers.”

Dodd is not returning for the next season of the hit show:

“I had a great five years on RHOC. I will miss working with the ladies and the crews from Evolution and I want to thank Bravo for all the opportunities they gave me.

“If it weren’t for the show, I’d never have found my husband Rick, the greatest love of my life and for that, I’m eternally grateful.

“I’m also so thankful for the many thousands of fans who’ve shown me love and support since the news broke,” she said.

“Now it’s onward and upward!

“I’m super excited to be a free agent, not tied to a Bravo contract, and can’t wait to work with Rick on new projects.

“I wish the show nothing but success.”

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David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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