Seventeen-year-old Jacob Robinson, a senior at Fallbrook High School and member of the Warrior varsity football team, was injured last night (Tuesday, Sept. 23) at approximately 9:10 p.m. when he lost control of the 1995 BMW 740i he was driving eastbound on Stage Coach Lane just east of Brooke Road.
California Highway Patrol Officer Eric Newbury said Robinson was "traveling at a high rate of speed, well above the posted speed limit" when he lost control of the vehicle and sheared off an electrical pole. Damage to the power pole caused an electrical outage in the area.
Newbury said the accident is under investigation and officers are seeking more witnesses to the incident.
Newbury said Robinson sustained major injuries in the accident. Acquaintances have indicated that the young athlete's back was broken and his spinal cord severed.
"It looks like this young man is going to be paralyzed," Newbury said. "I don't know if he will be able to walk again." Newbury said emergency workers transported Robinson from the scene to Palomar Medical Center.
Pastor Phil Tukua, of Christ The King Lutheran Church, said a prayer service will be held this evening (Wed. Sept. 24) at 6:30 p.m. for Jacob Robinson and his family. Jacob is the son of Laurie and Marcus Robinson and brother of Travis and Austin.
A fund has been established for donations to help the family. Contributions can be dropped off at Christ The King Lutheran Church. In the memo line of the check, please note the donation is for the Good Samaritan Fund - Jacob Robinson.
Just a few days ago Robinson was one of four senior boys named to the 2008 Homecoming Court at Fallbrook High School.
Robinson participated in a missions trip this past summer in Africa where he worked with orphans and vulnerable children living at Tumaini Children's Home. Others on the trip describe Robinson as "an amazing young man that the young boys living at the home looked up to quite a bit." Robinson worked digging trenches to install a sewer system in the area and enjoyed playing soccer with youngsters in his down time.
In addition to football, Robinson has also played rugby on the Fallbrook High School team. "Jacob was also a very valuable and talented member of the Fallbrook High School Rugby team," one parent said. Robinson's rugby talents have been noticed and recognized by regional clubs.
The CHP is still seeking information relating to the accident and encourages any witnesses to contact Officer Holt at the Oceanside office at (760) 757-1675.
Continue to check this Web site for updated information. Residents with pertinent information may email us at: [email protected] or post comments here.
Friends and community members are also welcome to visit a CaringBridge Web site that has been constructed for Jacob Robinson information. You can visit it at: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jacobrobinson.