Miami Heat’s Haywood Highsmith died after a man was injured in a car accident
Miami Heat forward Haywood Highsmith has been cited for reckless driving for his involvement in a car accident that left a man’s leg partially amputated.
Highsmith was on his way home from Miami’s Casilla Center on Tuesday night after the Heat’s 121-85 win over the Orlando Magic — in which Highsmith played three scoreless minutes — when the accident occurred.
According to a Miami-Dade Police Department accident report obtained by the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Highsmith was driving 45 mph, five mph over the posted speed limit, when he struck a disabled vehicle in the road with its lights off. The accident report added that the man who was helping the owner of the broken down car on the road was directly behind the car when Highsmith hit it. The vehicle traveled 50 to 60 yards after impact.
“Haywood struck a pedestrian pushing a disabled vehicle with no lights on in the middle of a dark road,” Highsmith’s agent, Jerry Dianis, told USA TODAY Sports. “Haywood immediately rushed to help the person who was pushing the injured vehicle. A bystander applied a tourniquet to the injuries and Haywood remained at the scene, constantly speaking to the injured man and offering him words of comfort.”
The man was taken to hospital in critical condition with a “partial amputation of his right leg,” a broken left leg and a possible broken left arm, the incident report said. On Thursday evening, Dianis said the injured man was “in stable condition.” condition.”
Highsmith, who was not injured in the crash, was cited for driving in a “reckless or negligent manner,” Miami-Dade police spokesman Angel Rodriguez told the Sun Sentinel.
Dianis described the incident as an “unfortunate accident” and added that Highsmith “did not consume alcohol or drugs and was not speeding.”
USA TODAY Sports has reached out to the Miami-Dade Police Department for comment.
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“Our thoughts are with those injured,” Heat said in a statement issued to USA TODAY Sports.
Highsmith was ruled out of the Heat’s 116-104 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night for “personal reasons.”
Highsmith played collegiate basketball at Wheeling University from 2014 to 2018, and after going undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft, he signed with the Delaware Blue Coats of the NBA G League. Highsmith had stints with the Blue Coats and Philadelphia 76ers before signing a three-year contract with the Heat in December 2022.
He is averaging 5.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists, while shooting 43.1% from the field through 37 games this season. Highsmith will return to the team for training on Friday, at The Athletic mentioned.