Ex-Fox News Reporter Hospitalized After Horrific Accident: ‘Please Say Prayers’

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There has been a serious car accident involving a former Fox News correspondent.

In an Instagram post Wednesday, Kelly Dodd revealed that her husband Rick Leventhal had been injured in a car crash.

“My husband got in a horrible car accident,” posted Dodd with a photo of the wrecked car.

“He is in the ER.. please say prayers for @rickleventhal.”


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After a short period of recovery, Leventhal could comment on his wife’s post.

“Honestly I’m lucky to be alive,” wrote Fox News’ seasoned journalist.

“Scariest moments of my life,” he confessed. “This makes everything even more meaningful ❤️”

“In his own post from a hospital bed, Leventhal thanked his supporters and well-wishers,” the Western Journal reported.

He described having four broken ribs and a broken bone in his foot as the result of a one-car accident on Interstate 10 in Southern California.

“I hydroplaned. I was heading east on the I-10… just hit what felt like a patch of ice, water, whatever. Road was slick, lost control, slammed into the wall, hard.”

Wet roads are prone to hydroplaning, a condition in which a vehicle’s tires slide uncontrollably.

As a result, Leventhal’s vehicle crossed multiple lanes and collided with a tractor-trailer’s rear end.

“It could’ve been so much worse.”

“Leventhal shared the video footage of the aftermath of the crash in the post, showing himself to be mobile after a collision that left car parts strewn across the I-10 near the city of Palm Springs, the Journal added.

In another post, he shared a photo of his totaled Mercedes, having left the hospital.


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Leventhal is an experienced journalist who spent more than two decades at Fox News. The network veteran left the channel in 2021, according to the Hill.

He reported from several combat zones in his broadcasting career, including embedding with Marines in the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Dodd is known for a five-year run on “Real Housewives of Orange County.” The couple married in 2020.

Yahoo News reported on the massive storms that have been hammering the left-coast state which is run by Democrats.

“There is a silver lining to the relentless California storms that have so far killed at least 18 people and racked up an estimated $1 billion in damages: In a single week, extreme drought conditions that had gripped almost one-third of the state have been downgraded nearly everywhere.”

The U.S. Drought Monitor released an updated map Thursday that accounts for the series of atmospheric river storms that have doused the state in recent weeks with more than 24 trillion gallons of water. It shows that “extreme drought,” the second-highest classification used by the agency, has been all but erased from the interior sections of the state.

In a single week, the portions of the state classified as experiencing extreme drought in California fell from 27.1% to 0.32%, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Still, 46% of the state remains classified in “severe drought,” though that figure fell from 71% a week ago.

Fox Weather reported that “The onslaught of atmospheric rivers continues to pummel California this week, making roads impassable, creating massive sinkholes and dropping more than a foot of rain in some places.”

California is in its third week in a row of heavy rain brought on by a series of back-to-back atmospheric rivers that kicked off right after Christmas. After the latest system passed, strong winds and intense rain continue with another atmospheric river forecast to arrive later this week.

Fox News has been crushing in the rating game vs liberal MSM outlets.

Following the midterm elections and the outcome of the Republicans taking back the House but Democrats retaining the majority in the Senate, new cable news ratings have come out that are interesting in regard to numbers and conservative vs. liberal hosts.

One would think, given the election outcomes, that there would be tighter competition between the left and right media, but as has been the case for some time, conservative news programs are smashing it in the ratings.

The latest cable news ratings have Fox News on top, and with a giant lead on the next in line. Fox News ratings titan Sean Hannity continued to dominate the 9 p.m. hour on Wednesday, besting the competition and even tripling CNN in total viewers.

Hannity drew 2.41 million total viewers and 310,000 in the advertiser-coveted 25-54 age demographic. Over on CNN, where Anderson Cooper filled in at 9 p.m. as the network decides on a permanent host for the hour, the network drew 753,000 total viewers and 164,000 in the demo. MSNBC’s Alex Wagner bagged 1.65 million total viewers and 151,000 in the demo.

Fox News boasted the five top-watched shows of the month, and Fox’s The Five took first place honors as the most watched show, with 3.406 million viewers.

Running a close second is Tucker Carlson Tonight with 3.298 million viewers, and following that Jesse Watters Primetime with 2.911 million viewers, Hannity with 2.741 viewers, and Special Report with Bret Baier at 2.495 million viewers.


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