Defensive lineman Kendrick Norton of the Miami Dolphins was cited for the accident that forced emergency personnel to amputate his left arm on the scene, officials said Thursday.
The Florida Highway Patrol announced that Norton had made an inappropriate lane change prior to the two-car accident on State Road 836 near Miami near Miami on July 4th. Police said his 2017 black Ford F250 had cut a gray 2015 Maserati Quattroporte and swept the vehicle. .
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Neither Norton nor his passenger, identified as Shakir Williams, was screened for alcohol or drugs. Neither one nor the other was suspected of being under the influence before the wreckage.
Norton and Williams were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident. The driver of the Maserati, identified as Jessie Pena, was wearing a seatbelt and was not suspected of drug or alcohol use before the wreckage, police said.
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The former Miami hurricane star told CBS Miami that he was trying to focus on what he still has rather than what he lost as a result of the serious accident.
"I'm alive," he said. "To be here, I'm alive. One thing makes me move forward and it's that I can always be here. Seeing my family is so important. It's very good that I have this support system. It keeps me strong and keeps me big.
"But I realize I will not be able to play for anyone. We work beyond you, you know. This reality is sinking. I am alive and I am grateful. Now, I want to organize a blood drive.
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The NFL announced earlier this week that Norton's medical expenses would be covered.