Illinois' Carlwell should be released by the weekend
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- An Illinois basketball player injured in a traffic accident earlier this week is expected to make a full recovery.
Freshman center Brian Carlwell, 19, suffered a severe concussion Monday night when a car driven by teammate Jamar Smith struck a tree in heavy snow. Carlwell, who is from Maywood, remained at an Urbana hospital Thursday in fair condition, according to university officials.
Coach Bruce Weber said in a statement that Carlwell should be released from the hospital by this weekend.
Smith, a 19-year-old sophomore guard, suffered a less severe concussion in the accident. He drove the car from the accident in Champaign to the apartment complex where he lives, about a mile away, before authorities were called, university officials have said.
Two women at the apartment complex who saw the wrecked car called 911, Brown said.
Police cited Smith for improper lane usage, but have said further charges are possible depending on the outcome of the investigation. They have declined comment on details.
The Illini are off until they host Northwestern on Sunday.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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