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Alonzo Mourning says he did nothing wrong in car crash

Jul 21, 2011, 10:43 AM EDT

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We reported to you yesterday Alonzo Mourning is getting sued for an alleged hit-and-run accident with a Miami area college student, William J. Candelario.

Mourning, as one expects, says he did nothing wrong, and the police reports seem to back up his version of events. The Miami Herald spoke with the former Heat player and current front office member for the franchise.

The accident happened at around 3 a.m., when Mourning and his wife were driving home from Chris Bosh’s wedding. There had already been one serious accident that left one car overturned and totaled, when Mourning came through. Both of the cars were sitting in the road, according to police.

Mourning told The Herald that he was hindered by “a blind spot” as the road rises and he braked right away. But he could not avoid hitting a silver 2010 Audi sitting next to another car, a 2001 Chevrolet overturned in the roadway….

According to a Florida Highway Police report, Mourning got out, went over to check on the men, who told him they were OK and that they had already called police. Mourning continued driving home, then called police, the FHP report said.

He was told to return to the scene and he did. He and his wife returned to the accident scene in Tracy Mourning’s SUV. She drove.

Candelario is suing the drivers of both cars. To answer an obvious question, Mourning said he had not been drinking (he had a kidney replacement during his playing days and said because of that he does not drink).

Mourning said he thought he hit a car that had already been totaled and since everyone was fine he could go home. The attorney for Candelario said that Mourning is being sued because he left the scene and they are trying to get a complete picture of what happened.

Candelario’s attorney also said Mourning is not being sued because he has deep pockets. That we find a little tougher to believe, but we’ll see how this all plays out.

  1. edmazeing1 - Jul 21, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    He is not suing because ZO left the scene, he suing for some of ZO CA$H!!!

  2. goforthanddie - Jul 21, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    “Mourning said he thought he hit a car that had already been totaled and since everyone was fine he could go home.”

    Somebody please buy that man a more believable excuse.

    • kchoya - Jul 21, 2011 at 3:32 PM

      “Somebody please buy that man a more believable excuse.”

      Umm, in most states, if you don’t cause substantial damage or personal injury, you’re not required to remain at the scene.

      • goforthanddie - Jul 21, 2011 at 11:48 PM

        Whatever. He rolled up on a wreck, one car totalled, and caused more damage. He doesn’t have the human decency to stick around? And, acc. to the article…”Mourning continued driving home, then called police, the FHP report said. He was told to return to the scene and he did.” Apparently he WAS required to remain. He didn’t even have the brainpower to call the cops BEFORE leaving the scene.

      • kchoya - Jul 22, 2011 at 9:52 AM

        Yes, let’s take the side of an art student, working at Barnes & Noble, driving a 2010 Audi, who files a lawsuit four days after the accident over the side of an upstanding public figure.

        Human decency? Did you not read this part of the story: “Mourning got out, went over to check on the men, who told him they were OK and that they had already called police.”

        Again, there’s nothing indicated he was required to remain at the scene. The cops asked him to come back, and he did.

        You’re reading WAY too much into this story.

  3. involvement82 - Jul 22, 2011 at 2:06 AM

    Here’s what happened… He got out of the car.. Asked if they were ok. When he started driving off the fat guy was like… Damn man, he was so tall and had such big hands.. He has to be ex NBA… I’m suing him now cause… Um. I want money cause of this recession.. Erm I mean cause of pain and suffering

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