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Heat’s Haywood Highsmith ticketed for careless driving in crash, victim left seriously injured

Miami Heat third-year forward Haywood Highsmith was charged with what police described as “careless and negligent” driving. Shortly after the Heat’s home game against the Orlando Magic, Highsmith collided with a man who was assisting the driver of another disabled vehicle.

Police said the Toyota 4Runner was stopped with its lights off around 11:30 p.m. The unidentified man was attempting to push his vehicle out of the way of traffic when Heywood struck him, Miami-Dade police said.

The man was injured in the accident. He was taken to Southern Medical Center in critical condition.

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April 6, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Miami Heat forward Haywood Highsmith (24) plays against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)

He later suffered a partial amputation of his leg and possible fractures, police records show.

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Highsmith was driving home from the Heat’s arena at the time of the accident. He was driving about 45 mph in a 40 mph zone, according to an accident report obtained by the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

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Haywood Highsmith #24 of the Miami Heat takes a shot during the second half of the game against the Utah Jazz at Delta Center on December 30, 2023 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Police said Highsmith was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol and was not injured.

Highsmith did not participate in the Heat’s game against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night. The team announced that he was absent due to personal reasons. Highsmith is averaging 5.8 points this season.

The Heat released a statement saying the team was aware of the incident.

“We have learned that Highsmith was involved in a car accident on his way home from last night’s game,” the statement said.

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It’s unclear when Highsmith will rejoin the team, and the team won’t play again until Sunday against the Boston Celtics. The team added in a statement: “Our hearts go out to those who were injured.”

Highsmith’s accusations are not considered criminal, officials noted.

Further details regarding the accident were not released.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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