The Florida Highway Patrol has cited injured Dolphins defensive tackle Kendrick Norton for being at fault in his early morning July fourth accident that caused his left arm to be amputated.
Dolphins beat writer Safid Deen of the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel had more details late Thursday morning:
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As Deen wrote, the FHP report revealed that it was not a one-car accident, as originally reported, but actually Norton’s struck another vehicle before losing control, hitting a concrete barricade and flipping his Ford F-250 truck over.
The report said that vehicle was a 2015 Maserati driven by a 30 year old female named Jessie Pena. She and her passenger were questioned, uninjured and left the scene later.
Norton and his female passenger, a 34 year old woman named Shakir Williams, were not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident, as the vehicle rolled onto its roof pinning Norton’s left arm under it. Firefighters and paramedics worked to disengage Morgan from the vehicle and stop the massive blood loss after the amputation of his left arm.
He and Williams were transferred to Jackson Memorial Hospital. Williams was treated for scrapes and bruises and released.
The FHP did not suspect Norton of drug or alcohol use and apparently, are going to simply cite him for careless driving/improper lane change and causing his own catastrophic injury.
Norton is a former third team All ACC defensive tackle for the Canes (above), who was drafted a year ago in the 7th round by the Carolina Panthers. The Fins signed him off the Panthers practice squad in December and he had been taking part in the offseason program for new coach Brian Flores and his staff.
As we wrote earlier this week, a GoFundMe page has been set up to help raise money for Norton and the NFL and the Dolphins have already announced that they will be picking up the medical costs. Those costs could easily run into the six figures after the accident.
It’s also possible that the Dolphins may go ahead and honor Norton’s second year $495,000 non-guaranteed salary, as the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement with the Players Association allows for leeway on catastrophic injuries that end someone’s career. Mostly, that is reserved for an injury on the field, however, it’s also up to team discretion.
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