Stallworth describes deadly crash

Updated: August 13, 2009, 10:59 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Donte' Stallworth is trying to move on with his life after killing Mario Reyes while driving drunk in Miami, but he can't forget the moment it happened.

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"I'm coming around the bend at about 40 mph and I see Mr. Reyes in the bus lane to my right and suddenly he runs into the street," Stallworth said in an exclusive interview with ESPN's E:60 that will air Tuesday (7 p.m. ET).

"I flicked my lights and honked my horn in an approach to try to warn him and I applied my brakes. We collided. That's one of the many vivid things that still plays in my head to this day is the sound of that accident and you know, that's something to this day I can still hear as clear as it just happened."

Stallworth spent 24 days in jail after pleading guilty to DUI manslaughter in the March 14 incident, and was sentenced to two years of home confinement (Florida's version of house arrest) and eight years of probation. In addition, he must perform 1,000 hours of community service, and loses his driver's license for life.

He also reached an undisclosed financial settlement with the Reyes family.

Stallworth has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL and met with commissioner Roger Goodell last Wednesday. He is awaiting a ruling on his status with the league. He signed a seven-year deal with the Cleveland Browns before last season but was injured for much of the year.

ESPN's Michael Smith asked Stallworth if he believed he got off easy.

"Well, as the case goes, there is a lot more to it than that and it doesn't take away from the fact that I used poor judgment," Stallworth said. "But at the end of the day, I think that I have to take full responsibility for the choices that I made that morning."

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