Advertisement
  1. Sports
  2. /
  3. Bucs

911 call indicates Jason Pierre-Paul’s red Ferrari ‘did a 360’ and hit a wall on I-95

The crash occurred around 2 a.m. on May 2, but the Bucs defensive end told dispatchers he was okay.
Buccaneers defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) suffered a fractured neck in a May 2 car accident in Broward County. MONICA HERNDON | Times
Published May 8
Updated May 9

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.

FENNELLY: There's no bad luck like Bucs luck

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.”

MORE Bucs: What's next for Tampa Bay in light of Pierre-Paul's injury

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.

Contact Rick Stroud at rstroud@tampabay.com. Follow @NFLStroud,

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. Because of Derrius Guice's knee injury, Chris Thompson is likely to see his role in Washington's backfield increase. STEPHEN B. MORTON  |  Associated Press
    Matthew Stafford, Chris Thompson and Mecole Hardman are free agents that are worth a spot on your roster.
  2. Second-year Dolphins safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, a No. 1 pick, greets fans before Miami gets routed by the Ravens in the season opener. BRYNN ANDERSON  |  AP
    If a promising young talent bails on an already-rebuilding team, repercussions won’t be good.
  3. Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard (80) reacts after a pass intended for him is intercepted during the second quarter of the team's game against the 49ers in the team's season opener. MONICA HERNDON  |  Times
    Coach Bruce Arians has a message for O.J. Howard: play better.
  4. Bucs linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) sacks the Panthers' Cam Newton during the second half Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. MIKE MCCARN  |  AP
    The Bucs’ victory Thursday night continues the trend when it comes to the league’s 2015 MVP: He’s not running, and he’s no longer Superman.
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians reacts on during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. BRIAN BLANCO  |  AP
    The Panthers’ final drive Thursday night against the Bucs was extended by a questionable spot that many took note of on national TV.
  6. In five of his past six games against the Bucs, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has failed to register a passer rating greater than 70. He completed less than half of his passes Thursday night in Carolina's 20-14 loss. MIKE MCCARN  |  Associated Press
    The true difference-maker Thursday: The relentless blitzes of defensive coordinator Todd Bowles exposed quarterback Cam Newton.
  7. Bucs linebacker Kevin Minter (51) and defensive tackle Vita Vea (50) wrap up Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey in Thursday night's game. Part of the Bucs' stellar effort involved limiting McCaffrey to 37 yards rushing on 16 carries. BRIAN BLANCO  |  AP
    Tampa Bay has allowed only one touchdown in two games this season
  8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Devin White (45) works against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) CHRIS O'MEARA  |  AP
    Bruce Arians hasn’t ruled White out for the Bucs’ next game on Sept. 22 against the Giants.
  9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Lavonte David (54) and quarterback Jameis Winston (3) celebrate following the team's 20-14 win over the Carolina Panthers following an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco) BRIAN BLANCO  |  AP
    Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Jameis Winston plays a clean game, and the Bucs’ defense doesn’t allow a touchdown.
  10. Until further notice, this Vernon Hargreaves tackle of Carolina's Christian McCaffrey in the final seconds of Thursday night's 20-14 victory will be considered the play of the season for Tampa Bay. MIKE McCARN | AP Photo MIKE MCCARN  |  AP
    From a defensive revival to five ways of annoying Gerald McCoy, here’s a look at Thursday night’s 20-14 Tampa Bay victory against the Panthers.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement