Haynesworth blamed for accident

Updated: February 13, 2009, 9:03 AM ET
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Titans All Pro defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth is being blamed for causing an accident that left a Tennessee man needing hip replacement and has a district attorney reviewing the Dec. 13 incident for a possible probation violation.

Haynesworth is due to become a free agent Feb. 27 and is seeking to become the NFL's highest-paid defensive player.

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In December, he agreed to 30 days' probation to divert a ticket for driving 103 mph in a 70-mph zone in March only four days before being cited for careless driving on Interstate 65 south of Nashville. He allegedly was speeding in his 2008 black Ferrari and trying to pass Corey Edmonson of Nashville, who lost control and crashed into the concrete median.

Haynesworth was cited for careless driving and having an expired registration in the incident, charges dismissed in Brentwood City Court on Thursday.

But Williamson County District Attorney Kim Helper said the case is being reviewed and could go to a grand jury as early as March 9 because Haynesworth should have reported the incident to his parole officer.

"All we want to do is look at the facts of the accident on the 13th. He was on probation and should have reported the accident to his parole officer," Helper said.

"That's the biggest disappointment: He was on probation and didn't report the accident."

She said her office is not treating Haynesworth any differently and is holding him to the same standard as anyone else. Helper said she would not speculate on what kind of punishment he could receive if he is indicted and convicted. She said a misdemeanor is punishable by 11 months, 29 days in jail, but it could be probated.

Haynesworth's agent, Chad Speck, said the accident happened the morning after snow and cold left slick spots on the road. He wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press that Haynesworth pulled over immediately, called police and did not leave until cleared by an officer.

"Albert was completely unaware of any injuries sustained by anyone involved in the accident at the time. Mr. Edmonson's injuries are unfortunate and Albert certainly wishes him a very speedy recovery. He promptly turned this matter over to his insurance company," Speck wrote.

Edmondson's attorney said his client is disabled because of the crash and needs a wheelchair or walker to move. Attorney John Perry said Haynesworth also has not visited, called or sent a note to Edmonson, adding insult to his injuries.

"Hopefully Haynesworth and his representatives will do right by Mr. Edmondson. He has short term and long term needs caused by Haynesworth's behavior," the attorney said.

The Tennessean reported on its Web site that the police report listed a witness driving 79 mph on the interstate when she was passed by Haynesworth who then tried to pass Edmonson's 1999 Grand Marquis. Edmonson told The (Nashville) City Paper the hip replacement was a result of his injuries from the crash.

Haynesworth played in Houston a day later and sprained his left knee, an injury that kept him out of the final two games of the season. He is coming off a season in which he had a career-high 8 sacks and earned free agency after being slapped with the franchise tag.

The Titans have said signing Haynesworth to a new contract is their top priority this offseason. Coach Jeff Fisher said they still are gathering information on this incident and could not comment further.


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