Donte Stallworth and Soleil Guerrero were injured in a Miami, Florida hot air balloon accident on Saturday, news sources report. The accident occurred when the balloon-borne vessel drifted into a power line. Stallworth, 32, sustained burns in the accident and was taken to the Kendall Regional Medical Center for treatment; his injuries were minor, sources say. Officials are currently conducting an investigation to determine whether negligence contributed to the accident. So far, no charges have been filed.
Reports say Stallworth is a wide receiver for the New England Patriots. Prior to the launch of his NFL career in 2002, Stallworth played college football for the Tennessee Volunteers. Stallworth appeared in the news in 2009 for another reason: he allegedly caused a DUI accident that killed 59-year-old Mario Reyes of Miami. Stallworth was allegedly driving his Bentley under the influence on the MacArthur Causeway when he ran into Reyes, who was on foot at the time. Reyes died at the scene, and Stallworth later pled guilty to one count of DUI manslaughter and served 24 days behind bars. The NFL also suspended Stallworth without pay for the remained of the 2009 season, sources say, but Stallworth was allowed to start playing again in 2010.
According to reports, the accident occurred on Saturday in South Miami-Dade. Stallworth and his girlfriend Guerrero went on a hot air balloon ride, and the balloon accidentally drifted into power lines. It is not clear who owned the balloon or who was operating it at the time of the accident, which left Stallworth with minor burns. Paramedics reportedly arrived on the scene and took Stallworth and Guerrero to the Kendall Regional Medical Center. Hospital officials later transferred the victims to the Jackson Memorial Hospital’s burn unit, sources say.
Stallworth’s agent commented on the player’s injuries following the accident, saying, “He was injured, but will be fine.” The agent said Stallworth should be playing football again within “a matter of weeks.” Stallworth also made his own comment on the accident using his official twitter account, writing, “I appreciate all the prayers and well wishes more than you know. I feel lucky to be alive.”
Officials are currently investigating the accident, but have not said what conditions led to the accident. It is also unclear whether anyone will be charged in connection to the incident.
In other news, a man was critically injured in a Lake Worth car accident on Saturday, reports say. The victim was laying in the road when a car rolled over him. Information regarding the victim’s identity was not immediately available following the accident; he was air-rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the accident. So far, charges have not been filed.
According to reports, the accident occurred just after 1:30 p.m. in the 500 block of North E Street. Official say the victim might have been sleeping in the street when a car ran him over. Paramedics arrived on the scene and air-rushed the victim to the Delray Medical Center.