TAMPA — A 911 call by Jason Pierre-Paul and a witness to his May 2 car crash indicates the Bucs defensive end lost control of his red Ferrari and hit a wall on Interstate 95 near the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
Pierre-Paul can be heard telling a dispatcher for the Florida Highway Patrol that he is not injured but needs help removing his car.
“Hey, I’m on the middle of the highway and I’m by the Fort Lauderdale airport, International Boulevard by the sign Davie Boulevard, and my car just did a 360 in the middle of the road and I’m headed south. I mean north,” Pierre-Paul, a native of nearby Deerfield Beach, said in the 911 call obtained by slaterscoops.com.
Pierre-Paul was asked if his car struck anything.
“Yeah, I hit the median, but I’m okay,” he said. “It’s right in the middle. It has to be moved or a cop has to come, or somebody is going to hit it.”
An accident report released by the Florida Highway Patrol on Wednesday confirmed Pierre-Paul was traveling southbound on I-95 south of Broward Boulevard, around 2:38 a.m. on May 2, when he “lost control” of the car and "ran off the roadway to the left. As a result, the vehicle started to rotate and the right side collided with a concrete barrier,'' the report said.
The Ferrari continued south and came to rest facing southeast, across two lanes of traffic. There were no skid marks or debris in the roadway when officers arrived, the report said.
Pierre-Paul 30, and his passenger, James Thompson, were taken to Broward Health Medical Center around 3 a.m., the report says. The FHP report says Pierre-Paul’s condition was "apparently normal'' at the time of the crash.
Although Pierre-Paul said during the 911 call that he was not injured, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that further evaluation by specialists hired by the Bucs revealed he has a fractured neck and might require surgery.
If so, it could be a season-ending injury for the 10-year veteran out of USF who led the Bucs with 12½ sacks last season, the first time a Tampa Bay player had double-digit sacks since Simeon Rice in 2005.
At the very least, Pierre-Paul is out indefinitely pending further evaluation.
Road conditions might have contributed to the crash because it was raining. An unidentified female witness who called 911 to report the wreck said the Ferrari hit a wall while traveling southbound and there was debris on the road.
“He hit a wall,” the witness said. “A Ferrari, it’s a sports car. It’s red. Because it’s raining.”
When asked if the car was blocking the road, the witness said, “Yes, they’re in the middle of the road, and a car is going to hit it. Please hurry.”
An initial report by the website TMZ said that Pierre-Paul was driving an SUV and that the crash occurred around 5 a.m.
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