JD Aylward, the young Bellevue man who was found lying in a street with severe head injuries, might have been beaten by a friend or might have fallen, according to a report by MyNorthwest.com.
Aylward, who played running back, defensive back and quarterback for Sammamish High School and played for a year at Boise State, is recovering from the severe head injuries that he suffered, and believes that he will get back to normal.
Aylward, 24, was found critically injured lying in the roadway in the 1200 block of 140th Avenue Northeast in Bellevue in September. A family friend told reporters at the time that he had spent the previous day at a friend's wedding and then went to Munchbar, the downtown club that recently closed after a fatal shooting.
Aylward's skull was removed to allow his brain to heal, and doctors plan to replace it with a synthetic one, according to MyNorthwest.com.
Aylward told MyNorthwest that he doesn't remember the beating. MyNorthwest reporter Linda Thomas, citing an inside source at the Bellevue Police Department, said that the department's two theories are that Aylward might have sustained his injuries in a fall, or might have been beaten by one of his friends.
MyNorthwest.com: Police theory on severe beating of popular, young Bellevue man