Josh Eisen and Jen Mac Ramos.

Baseball Prospectus writer Jen Mac Ramos is facing some challenges in the wake of a Sunday morning car crash that severely injured Ramos and killed husband Josh Eisen. Ramos’ family has launched a GoFundMe to help. Here’s the description of what happened to Ramos and Eisen from that page:

On the morning of December 1, 2019, Josh and Jennifer, husband and wife, were driving from her parents’ home in San Luis Obispo, leaving at around 11:00 PM to get to Merced in time to take care of their 4 cats. Unfortunately, they never made it. At around 1:30 AM, December 1, a drunk driver hit them on Highway 99 around the Clinton exit in Fresno, Ca.

Joshua Eisen, 28 years old married January 2, 2019, was not to see his first year anniversary as he was killed on the spot by the drunk driver. His wife Jennifer was severely and critically injured.

At approximately 2:10 AM, according to reports, Jennifer complained of severe pain. She sustained fractures on both lower limbs and pelvis. She also sustained an aortic tear, had hemothorax and other injuries. That afternoon, she was wheeled to the operating room to repair the aorta, insert a chest tube for the hemothorax and debridement of the fractures.

December 2, 2019, she was wheeled back to the OR for the reduction of the left and right limb fractures. The left limb was not reduced due to some pulmonary oxygen saturation problem and another surgery was scheduled for Wednesday.

Today, we are starting this GoFundMe as her recovery will be a long term and a long road. back to normalcy. To date, she is still unaware that her husband has passed away in the accident. She is heavily sedated because of pain from the injuries. She is on 24 hour pain medications via drip and also some oral analgesics. 

The Fresno Bee has more on that crash:

A man was killed and a woman was injured early Sunday in a highway crash allegedly caused by a drunken driver in central Fresno, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The couple had just gotten into a single-car accident on northbound Highway 99 and were standing next to their car on the right shoulder when they were struck.

CHP officials said the couple was struck after Amado Mendez Ventura, 22, reportedly made an unsafe turn to the right shoulder and collided into a concrete wall and then hit the couple’s car head-on as well as the man and woman. 

…The CHP said in a news release that Ventura appeared under the influence of alcohol. Following the crash, he was booked into Fresno County Jail on suspicion of DUI. 

Beyond work for Baseball Prospectus, Ramos is the youth media program coordinator for underprivileged students at the  Youth Leadership Institute in Merced. More information on that program and some of the stories Ramos helped produce there can be found here.

The GoFundMe page mentions that Ramos’ injuries will take at least two years for recovery, and that the funds raised (they had hit over $25,000 of their $30,000 goal as of 3:20 p.m. Eastern Wednesday) will be used to support Ramos’ recovery and rehabilitation. They also hope to eventually start a foundation to help underprivileged and disadvantaged children in honor of Eisen (who was set to start as a public policy research assistant at UC Merced). There have been plenty of expressions of support for Ramos on Twitter:

Our thoughts go out to Ramos, and to the family and friends of the couple.


About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.