NFL Cleveland Browns Football Player Involved in Deadly Miami Car Accident that Killed Pedestrian
In Florida, toxicology test results are expected later this week for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth. The NFL football player was in Miami riding his Bentley to the beach on Saturday morning when he hit a 59-year-old pedestrian who was crossing the causeway that connects Miami Beach to downtown Miami. Mario Reyes died from his traffic accident injuries.
At this time, it is not known whether Reyes was crossing the street legally or if Stallworth had broken any traffic laws. Miami Beach police administered alcohol and drug tests to Stallworth, who is cooperating with the investigation. No criminal charges have been filed against him for the Miami pedestrian accident. Driving records from the state of Ohio show that Stallworth was convicted twice for speeding in 2008.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 1,700 to 1,800 pedestrian accidents occur each year in Miami-Dade County—especially in the areas of South Miami Beach, Liberty City, Little Havanah, and Little Haiti. While the Miami-Dade pedestrian safety program has helped reduce pedestrian accidents, there are, unfortunately, Florida motor vehicle crashes that still result in pedestrians dying or sustaining serious injuries.
Throughout the US in 2007, 4,654 pedestrians died in motor vehicle crashes while 70,000 others were injured. Over 2/3rds of the victims that died were males. While in Florida, of the 3,214 traffic deaths that occurred that year, 531 of the victims were pedestrians.
Ways Motorists Can Prevent Pedestrian Accidents:
• Don’t drive drunk.
• Don’t drive above the speed limit.
• Yield the right of way to pedestrians.
• Pay attention to the road so that you notice whether there are any pedestrians crossing the street at non-intersections.
Police investigating fatal crash say lab results for NFL's Donte Stallworth could be ready soon, Sun-Sentinel, March 16, 2009
Evaluation of the Miami-Dade Pedestrian Safety Demonstration Project, NHTSA, February 2009 (PDF)
NFL Player Kills Miami Pedestrian, May Be Charged, CBS4.com, March 15, 2009
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