Former Miami Heat Star Charged for Leaving Scene of South Florida Car Accident

Even the good guys make mistakes sometimes. Former Miami Heat basketball player Alonzo Mourning, a humanitarian and long time South Florida fan favorite, was charged with leaving the scene of a Miami car crash earlier this week after two early morning accidents on the Julia Tuttle Causeway.

Mourning’s crash was the second of two on the Tuttle Causeway, which connects Miami Beach with I-95 across Biscayne Bay, shortly after 3 a.m. on July 17. First, a westbound Chevy Impala slammed into a concrete barrier after it was hit from behind by an Audi A4. As the drivers waited for police, Mourning and his wife crossed the Causeway on their way home to Coral Gables after attending current Heat player Chris Bosh’s wedding. The former Georgetown University star’s blue Porsche Panamera S “slid into the Audi A4, one of two crashed cars in the middle of the highway, near the Interstate 95 intersection,” according to the Miami Herald’s Diana Moskovitz.

Neither of the other two drivers was in their car when the second accident occurred. Mourning got out of his car, checked on the Audi driver, William Candelario, and continued home where he called police more than an hour after the crash. The Herald reports that when police told him to go back to the Causeway, “Mourning and his wife returned to the accident scene in Tracy Mourning’s SUV…. She drove.” Florida Highway Patrol told the Herald that alcohol was not a factor in the accident.

Mourning, who was traded to the Heat by Charlotte in 1995, played in seven All Star games and was a member of Miami’s 2006 NBA champion squad after returning to basketball following a kidney transplant in 2003. He retired in 2009, taking a front office job with the Heat. Off the court, he’s known for his charitable work on causes such as supporting at risk youth and families as well as raising money for kidney disease research.

Mourning was charged with leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, a second-degree misdemeanor, and cited for leaving the scene without giving information, which could result in a fine and points on his license. In addition, Mourning is one of several people named in a civil suit filed on behalf of Candelario, who was charged with careless driving.

Rear end and side impact car accidents can cause a wide range of injuries from stiffness to brain injury, broken bones, paralysis and even death. Negligent driving – such as high speed driving, failing to obey traffic signals and driving while distracted – is often the culprit behind these collisions. Most side impact accidents occur at intersections, and it is common for the crashing car to fail to properly yield at a stop sign or red light and hit the side of a turning automobile. Rear end accidents, meanwhile, are often the result of a driver talking on the phone, sending a text message, eating, drinking or changing the radio station while driving.

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