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San Ramon Valley High Senior Severely Injured In Swimming Accident Thursday

Photo: Danville Rotary

Classmates and family friends of 18-year-old San Ramon Valley High School Senior Jake Javier turned out in support of the popular student athlete after he sustained a severe head injury while swimming at a home on Estates Drive in Danville Thursday.

Javier, who friends said was looking forward to starting college at Cal Poly and who was meant to play football there, was taken to a local trauma center by helicopter shortly after he suffered a significant head trauma while swimming with friends at 4:28 p.m.

Word from his family to friends and supporters reported that Javier was paralyzed from the shoulders down after surgery. His doctors are working to determine if he will be able to regain the use of his arms and hands.

Firefighters and police secured a landing zone for a REACH air ambulance and Javier was airlifted from the varsity baseball field of his high school and taken to a local trauma center, where he underwent surgery Thursday night.

A supportive gathering of students and family friends was organized and held at the school as news of Javier’s injury spread. A gofundme account was started Friday to help with the cost of medical expenses.

Javier won the 2015 Danville Rotary “Peter Villa” Award last year, an award given to the top high school football player in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District each year.

He was an All-League selection as both an offensive and defensive lineman in 2015 as well as a team captain, youth camp counselor, and club officer.

He was prepared to graduate with the rest of his class at San Ramon Valley High today, Friday. There was no immediate word on what his school would do to mark his absence from their commencement.


  1. No words. Just tears at this point. Hoping the family is embraced and given strength by their friends and neighbors at this critical time.

  2. A sad and tragic example of how fragile our lives really are. Hold on to your children, to every breath. Something like this injures us all.

  3. Total shock here. Very sad news. Agree with others that if the family needs anything they just need to say what where and when.

  4. Such sad news. Hope he his recovery goes well. Has family set up a GoFundMe? He is going to have alot of expenses not covered by insurance…..

    • Morning, Sharon… this is all still really fresh and we believe the family is processing this news. There has been no word of any effort of the type you mention but should one come to pass we will let the readership know if the family wishes.

  5. To the Javier Family: I went to Jake’s football games and cheered him and his teammates on. If Jake survives… The force will be with him always. He was a good kid with a kind heart.

  6. Thank you all for the incredible level of support offered to Jake and his family. Your prayers and generous contributions towards the long term well being of jake and his family are beyond words. Jake praying for a speedy and full recovery love will all of our hearts from your cuz Hunter and uncle and auntie Ligaya and Stephane.

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