Early Saturday morning in New Jersey, New York Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson was involved in a two-car accident with the NFL star with minor injuries.
New Jersey State Police Lieutenant Stephen Jones stated on Monday that at the time of the crash, Wilkerson had been heading northbound in his 2011 Dodge Challenger on the Garden State Parkway in Kenilworth, Union County. As he attempted to change lanes, he struck the rear bumper of a 2011 Toyota Sienna which had 11 people aboard.
Wilkerson lost control of his vehicle and rolled over, coming to a rest on its top.
A Jets spokesman stated that Wilkerson incurred minor injuries, and that he required stitches in one of his forearms, but that he was expected to join his teammates when they report to training camp on July 26. In a statement, the Jets said:
"The team is aware of the car accident Saturday morning and has been in contact with Muhammad."
The 22-year-old Wilkerson was cited for careless driving and failure to maintain his lane, but police do not believe that impairment was an issue in this crash.
Lt. Jones revealed that three people in the minivan had reported pain, but that they declined medical treatment when paramedics arrived on the scene.
As a longtime car accident attorney, you see these kinds of accidents all the time. Often, as a person tries to change lanes, another vehicle will get caught in one's blind spot, and especially at a high speed, even the slightest of touches can cause one or both vehicles to spin out of control.
Fortunately, noone was seriously hurt, and it looks like the NFL star will come out of this alright, apart from some minor injuries.
Our car accident law firm will keep you updated on this story as information becomes available.