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NFL receiver charged with manslaughter
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14:08, April 03, 2009

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MIAMI: Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth was charged on Wednesday with killing a pedestrian last month while driving drunk in Miami.

An arrest warrant charging Stallworth, 28, with drunk driving manslaughter was filed in the March 14 accident that killed 59-year-old Mario Reyes. If convicted, Stallworth would face a maximum 15-year prison sentence.

Stallworth's blood-alcohol level after the crash was .126, well above Florida's legal limit of .08, according to results of a blood test. Stallworth will also be charged with driving under the influence, which carries a possible six-month sentence plus fines and community service for first offenders.

Stallworth, who was expected to surrender in court on yesterday, released a statement last month saying he was "grief-stricken" over the accident. Prosecutors said they will ask that he be released on $200,000 bail.

A Miami Beach police report said Reyes was not on a crossing on busy MacArthur Causeway when he was struck by the Bentley driven by Stallworth. The construction crane operator was trying to catch a bus home after finishing his shift around 7:15 am The report also quoted Stallworth as saying he flashed his lights at Reyes in an attempted warning and that Stallworth was driving about 80 kph in a 65 kph zone.

An additional police affidavit filed on Wednesday said that on the morning of the crash, Stallworth was drinking at a club in the posh Fountainebleau hotel on South Beach.

Source:China Daily

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