Mourning Sued Over Alleged Hit-And-Run

Driver claims former Heat star hit his car, left scene

By Brian Hamacher and Amara Sohn
|  Wednesday, Jul 20, 2011  |  Updated 8:21 PM EDT
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Former Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning is expected to face a lawsuit from a man who claims the NBA star smashed his car into his and fled the scene.

Former Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning is expected to face a lawsuit from a man who claims the NBA star smashed his car into his and fled the scene.

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Former Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning faces a lawsuit from a man who claims the NBA star smashed his car into his and fled the scene.

William Candelario, 21, claims he was driving on the Julia Tuttle Causeway near I-95 Sunday morning when a Porsche, allegedly driven by Mourning, hit his Audi, causing it damage.

In a written statement, Candelario's attorney, Spencer Aronfeld, claims Mourning didn't stop and fled the scene. He said Candelario suffered injuries as a result of the crash, which left his car severely damaged.

The lawsuit, which Aronfeld said he planned to file Wednesday, claims Mourning was negligent for walking away from the crash.

Mourning, speaking from his Zo's Summer Groove basketball camp Wednesday, admitted he was involved in an accident and briefly left the scene.

"I left and came right back...there was no panic at all, because I didn't do anything wrong," Mourning said. "The only statement that I can make right now is to the police, that I'm gonna meet with a little later today, but I've been very cooperative with them, I've already spoken to them once already, and I'm going to speak to them again later today."

Mourning said he was driving in the area when he came upon a previous accident.

"There was a current accident already in progress. There was an accident and unfortunately they were in the way of progress," Mourning said. "There were cars already in the middle of the street, before I even got to the scene.

"Once I found out everybody was alright, I came back to the scene, spoke to the troopers and everything."

Florida Highway Patrol Officials confirmed that there were two separate crashes, and said they would release more details Wednesday afternoon.

"I feel good about the situation," Mourning said when asked about the lawsuit. "It's just unfortunate, very unfortunate and we're gonna get it resolved."

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