Cam Newton discharged from hospital, reportedly not at fault in accident
Cam Newton was released from the hospital Wednesday morning after remaining overnight for observation after being involved in a two-vehicle accident on Tuesday that resulted in the Carolina Panthers quarterback’s vehicle flipping over.
Newton was discharged from Carolinas Medical Center at approximately 11:15 a.m. He suffered two traverse process fractures in his lower back and his future availability to play currently is unknown. The AP reports that Newton suffered no internal injuries and will not require surgery.
CMPD released an accident report (here in PDF form) with findings that indicate Newton was not at fault in the crash (via FOX46):
According to the report, Nestor Pellot Jr. was crossing South Church Street from West Hill Street in his 2013 Buick, and didn’t see Newton’s truck. Pellot told police he tried to maneuver to avoid the collision but couldn’t. Newton’s truck flipped in the accident.
Police estimate both vehicles were going 35 mph just before the accident, which is the posted speed limit for the area. At impact, police estimate Pellot’s car was going 20 mph, while Newton’s truck was still going 35 mph.
Both drivers were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Neither party involved in the accident was cited, per an ESPN.com News Services report. Newton’s Dodge truck was damaged to the tune of a reported $9,000.
The Panthers released an update on Newton’s condition via Twitter:
Cam Newton has soreness but is in good spirits. He's excited to be discharged and begin recuperating with family.
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) December 10, 2014
Panthers general manager Dave Gettlemen, when reached in Irving, Texas, where he was attending the NFL owner’s meeting, couldn’t believe how bad the wreck looked and mentioned how lucky Newton was to escape such a horrible-looking accident relatively unscathed, insofar as how much worse it could have been for the quarterback.
“I’m just thankful he was wearing a seatbelt and everyone involved is all right,” Gettleman told the Associated Press, via a New York Daily News report.
“You look at the truck and you think, ‘Man, I’m glad there was nobody in the passenger seat because it could have been bad,” Gettleman added.
(image via Charlotte Observer/Twitter)