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Updated: Nuggets' J.R Smith In Car Accident


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Denver Nuggets player J.R. Smith and another man were seriously injured Saturday when the sport utility vehicle Smith was driving collided with a car.


Smith and the unidentified passenger were ejected from the SUV in the crash, which occurred around 5:30 p.m. on Stagecoach Road in Millstone Township, said Sgt. Stephen Jones, a state police spokesman.


The passenger - who had serious head wounds - was airlifted to Jersey Shore University Hospital in Neptune, while Smith was taken there via ambulance.


Further details on their injuries were not immediately available Saturday night.


Smith's vehicle apparently went through a stop sign, Jones said, and collided with the other car. The driver of that vehicle and two other people in the SUV were injured and taken to CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, but their injuries were not considered serious.


The 21-year-old Smith was a star player at Lakewood High School and St. Benedict's Prep in New Jersey. He averaged 13.0 points in 63 games this season.


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so he ran a stop sign at full speed?....nice



And I assume no seatbelt, since he was thrown from his vechile.


I hope he's OK, I never wish ill of people. It's horrible what happened to him and the other people. But it's hard to feel a lot of sympathy for somebody who's basically asking for it.

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I'd say we should wait for more details before we act like we know what happened.


FWIW, you can definitely be thrown from a car with a seat belt on.


Edit: And here are more details:

According to Smith's father, Earl, the 21-year-old was "fine -- he was thrown from the vehicle, but there's no injuries. He was with two friends, coming home from a barber shop."


Smith was taken by ambulance to Jersey Shore University Hospital in Neptune where he was listed in fair condition. His father said he was being held overnight for observation and "he'll be home (today)."


According to Sgt. Stephen Jones of the New Jersey State Police, Andre Bell, of East Orange, who also was ejected from the vehicle, suffered serious head wounds. He was airlifted to Jersey Shore University Hospital, where he was listed in extremely critical condition last night.


The driver of the second vehicle, Lynn Sinatra, along with the second passenger in Smith's SUV -- Carl Marshall, a Seton Hall basketball player who just completed his senior season -- also were injured. They were taken to CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, but their injuries were not considered serious.


Smith's father said he was unaware of the conditions of anyone else in the accident.


According to the police report, the accident occurred after Smith's vehicle -- a 2003 GMC -- went around a vehicle stopped at a stop sign on Stillhouse Road where it intersects with Stagecoach Road in Millstone Township at 5:30 yesterday afternoon.


Upon continuing into the intersection, the police report said, Smith's car was hit by a Jaguar, which had the right of way. The impact overturned Smith's car, ejecting Smith and Bell in the process.


Smith and Bell were not wearing seatbelts; Marshall and Sinatra were wearing seatbelts, according to police. The airbags in Sinatra's Jaguar deployed.



Good to see he is not seriously hurt although his friend might not be so lucky.

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