Defense forces Kendrick Norton of the Miami Dolphins was quoted last week as causing emergency personnel to amputate their left arm on stage, officials said Thursday.
The Florida Highway Patrol said Norton made a wrong change before the two-car accident on State Road 836 near Miami during the fine hours of July 4. The police said his black 2017 Ford F250 interrupted a gray 2015 Maserati Quattroporte and side-shifted vehicle.
NFL COVERING MIAMI DOLPHINS KENDRICK NORTON'S MEDICAL COSTS AFTER ARM AMPUTATION
Neither Norton nor his passengers, identified as Shakir Williams, were tested for alcohol or drugs. Someone was not suspected of being under the influence of the wreck.
Norton and Williams were not wearing safety belts during the crash. Maseratis driver, identified as Jessie Pena, was wearing a safety belt and was not suspected of using drugs or alcohol before the wreck, police said.
MIAMI DOLPHINS DEFENSIVE LINEMAN KENDRICK NORTON REPORTED BY SERIOUS CAR CRASH [1
"I live," he said. "To be here I live. One thing keeps me going and that is that I can still be here. Seeing my family is so important. It is very good that I have this support system. It keeps me strong and it keeps me long .
"But I realize that I will not be able to play for anyone. We work past it, you know. That reality is sinking. I live and I am grateful. Now I want to organize a blood run. "
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NFL announced earlier this week that the cost of Norton's medical expenses would be covered.