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‘RHOC’ alum Kelly Dodd’s husband Rick Leventhal survives car crash

Rick Leventhal, the husband of “Real Housewives of Orange County” alum Kelly Dodd, feels “lucky to be alive” after surviving a horrifying car crash.

“So lucky to be alive & grateful for the well wishes & care I’m getting. 4 broken ribs, fractured bone right foot, wounded pride,” the former Fox News reporter, 62, captioned an Instagram post shared Tuesday night.

“So far that’s it 🙏❤️😎.”

In an accompanying video from his hospital bed, Leventhal elaborated on the scary incident. 

“I hydroplaned heading east on 410, about 40 minutes outside pf Palm Desert, just straight away hit what felt like a patch of ice,” he said, acknowledging Southern California’s recent bout of heavy rain. “It was just water or whatever.”

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“So lucky to be alive,” the former Fox News reporter wrote on Instagram after the horrifying accident.
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Leventhal continued, “Roads were slick, lost control, slammed into the wall hard. Started spitting around across lanes of traffic and slammed right into the back of a tractor trailer, ripped the front end of a Mercedes off and smashed a windshield.”

The news personality went on to say that one of his vehicle’s windows “busted” and “both airbags” deployed.

“I think I might’ve broke my ribs from the airbag,” he said, noting that a “trucker helped [him] out.”

Rick Leventhal and Kelly Dodd
Leventhal is married to “Real Housewives of Orange County” alum Kelly Dodd.
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Despite his injuries, Leventhal insisted that he is “fine.” However, doctors “want to keep me in the hospital for a little bit,” he added. “But it could have been so much worse.” 

His spouse, Dodd, 47 — whom he wed in October 2020 — asked fans for prayers in a post of her own. 

“There will be no smash tomorrow on @youtube the rick and kelly show. My husband got in a horrible car accident,” she captioned photos of the wreck. “He is in the ER.. please say prayers for @rickleventhal.”

Kelly Dodd and Rick Leventhal
Dodd asked fans to pray for Leventhal as he recuperates.
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A portion of Dodd’s Bravo family sent well wishes for Leventhal in her comments section. 

“Oh no! Thank God he is ok,” her former “RHOC” castmate Vicki Gunvalson wrote. “Praying for a speedy recovery.” 

“Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Margaret Josephs wrote added, “So frightening sending prayers 🙏🙏🙏❤️.”

Rick Leventhal and Kelly Dodd
Despite his injuries, Leventhal insisted that he is “fine,” adding that it “could have been so much worse.”

“Shahs of Sunset” alum Mercedes “MJ” Javid also shared a supportive message, writing, “omg no im so sorry and sending prayers.”

Meanwhile, Leventhal himself expressed extra gratitude for his safety following the accident. 

“Honestly I’m lucky to be alive. Scariest moments of my life,” he commented on Dodd’s page. “This makes everything even more meaningful ❤️.” 

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