Miami Heat executive Alonzo Mourning was cited on Monday by the Florida Highway Patrol for leaving the scene of a crash, a misdemeanor, earlier this month.
The retired basketball star was driving west at 3:07 a.m. July 17 on State Road 112 at Biscayne Boulevard in Miami. The road was obstructed by a previous crash between an Audi A4 and a Chevrolet Impala that Mourning came upon with his wife Tracy, according to a Highway Patrol report.
The report said the car driven by Mourning, 41, of Coral Gables, struck the Audi that had been driven by William Candalerio, 21, of North Miami. Mourning’s 2010 Porsche Panamera S had an estimated $10,000 in damage.
Candalerio’s car had an estimated $11,000 in total damage: $6,000 from the first crash with the Chevy, and $5,000 from Mourning’s Porsche, Sgt. Thomas Pikul of the Highway Patrol said.
Mourning got out of his car and checked on Candalerio and the driver of the Chevy, the report states. He left the scene, notified the Highway Patrol about the incident and was told to return to the crash site, according to the agency.
Alcohol was not a factor in either crash, investigators said.
In addition to the misdemeanor charge, Mourning was cited for leaving the scene without giving information, which could mean a fine and points on his license, Pikul said. He will receive a notice to appear in court before a hearing officer.
Candalerio was cited for careless driving in the first crash, an infraction that can bring a fine or enrollment in traffic school. Pikul said he can also request a court hearing.
A personal injury lawyer for Candalerio announced last week that he was suing Mourning for negligence.
“On behalf of Mr. Candalerio, we are doing our own investigation and accident reconstruction as to what happened,” attorney Spencer Aronfeld said. “The charge against him is irrelevant and inadmissible in a civil lawsuit.”
Aronfeld said he is seeking witnesses to the incident.
“We’re not trying to destroy Mr. Mourning’s reputation,” Aronfeld said. “We respect him and recognize he is an important part of South Florida’s community.”
The Chevy driver, Sony Desir, of North Miami Beach, was treated at Jackson Memorial Hospital and released the same morning, Pikul said, and he was not cited in the crash with Candalerio.
Neither Candalerio nor Mourning was treated for crash injuries by responders to the scene, Pikul said.
Aronfeld said Candalerio, a student, was treated at Aventura Hospital and has returned to classes and his job at a book store.
An attorney for Mourning could not immediately be reached for comment.