Peter Jeschke and Heath Montgomery packed their three U.S. Olympic Festival medals and left Los Angeles early Thursday to return to Santa Barbara.
The tennis players almost didn't make it.
Jeschke and Montgomery, both 18, from Santa Barbara High, were involved in a single-car accident on the Ventura Freeway that left Montgomery with a broken left ankle and injured feet. Jeschke, who was sleeping when the accident occurred, was badly shaken but uninjured.
They were treated and released at Ventura Community Medical Center, but Montgomery is expected to have foot surgery today, his mother, Sherri, said. She said doctors did not know the extent of the injury, but "he won't be playing for a long time."
Montgomery's Jeep Cherokee struck a median divider, did a full circle and skidded down a 50-foot embankment off the freeway, said Officer Jim Utter of the California Highway Patrol.