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March 25, 2009 10:00 PM

Look at the Facts Before Blaming Stallworth

As you’ve probably heard Browns WR Donte Stallworth is in a bit of trouble. On March 14th at 7:15am he struck and killed a pedestrian. But before you blame Stallworth, let’s listen to what he has to say:
According to the report, Stallworth told officers he flashed his lights to try to warn Reyes, a construction crane operator who was rushing to catch a bus after getting off work around 7:15 a.m.
Now this is easy fodder to make fun of Stallworth. 'You FLASHED YOUR LIGHTS?? Really? No honking of the horn? No slamming on your brakes?' But before you judge, let's look at the details that are known:

Stallworth was going 50 mph in a 40 mph - I'd say that's pretty standard for many. It's definitely not a reckless speed to be driving. Next, this was a six-lane causeway this man was crossing and not in a crosswalk. That sounds more dangerous than going 10 miles over the speed limit. Lastly, none of the people that called into 911 actually saw the accident. Maybe other people will come forward but the AP article does not report any direct eye witnesses. So, to recap, Stallworth was driving a little fast in the left lane and flashed his lights when he saw the pedestrian somewhere in the street. Now, I don't know about you, but if I'm walking in the street I'm very aware of the cars around me.

What is still unclear is if alcohol played a factor in any of this. Police have not filed any charges as they're still waiting on the results of blood tests but there are reports that he was over the legal limit. Any judgment on Stallworth should be reserved until the results of those tests come out.

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