Posted: July 11, 2019 8:47 a.m. ET
By: Andy Slater
Kendrick Norton was at-fault for the tragic car accident that caused him to lose his left arm, according to sources.
Norton was headed onto the 826 northbound ramp from westbound 836 on July 4. An investigation will reveal that Norton cut over to the 826 southbound lanes at the last second, just before the poles that separate the ramps.
Norton’s Ford F-250 sideswiped a Maserati causing his truck to rotate, hit the wall, and then flip over.
The F-250 Norton was driving had a high-suspension and oversized, off-road type tires, one source told me, which may have contributed to the rollover.
Norton and the passenger in his truck, Shakir Williams, were not wearing seat belts.
Norton’s arm was amputated at the scene of the crash, as first reported here. Williams was injured and also taken to the hospital.
The driver of the Maserati, Jessie Pena, and two passengers in her car were not injured. All three were wearing seatbelts.
Norton received a ticket for an improper lane change.
Drugs or alcohol did not play a role in the crash, the investigation will show.
The NFL has said that they will be paying for Norton’s medical bills. However, his family has set up a GoFundMe to help with his current circumstance.
The former University of Miami standout was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the seventh round in 2018. He only made the team’s practice squad.
The Miami Dolphins signed Norton in December. He was expected to compete for a spot on the roster.
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(Norton Photo: Clutchpoints.com)