Donte' Stallworth charged with DUI manslaughter
BY JENNIFER LEBOVICH [email protected]
Miami-Dade prosecutors on Wednesday charged Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte' Stallworth with DUI manslaughter, alleging the football player was driving drunk on the morning of March 14 when he struck and killed a pedestrian on Miami Beach.
Blood tests revealed Stallworth had a blood alcohol level of .126 after the 7 a.m. crash, according to documents filed in the clerk's office Wednesday.
Stallworth, 28, who has cooperated with authorities since the crash, is expected to surrender to authorities on Thursday morning.
Stallworth's attorney, Christopher Lyons, declined comment.
DUI manslaughter is a felony that carries a minimum of four years to a maximum 15 years in prison.
Stallworth's bond will be set at $200,000 and will allow him to live in both Florida and Ohio, where he lists a Cleveland address, according to court documents.
Stallworth's whereabouts before the crash -- including a visit to a swank Miami Beach club -- and his conversation with cops at the scene were detailed in an arrest warrant filed by Miami Beach police Detective Kevin Millan.
Here is Millan's account of what happened on the morning of March 14:
Stallworth had been drinking at Liv at the Fontainebleau Hotel before leaving to go to a home in Miami, where he arrived around 6:15 a.m.
It's unclear if the home is Stallworth's residence. Stallworth owns two condos in downtown Miami and one in Midtown Miami, property records show.
An hour later, he drove his black Bentley east on the MacArthur Causeway, where he struck Mario Reyes, 59.
When police officers arrived, Stallworth was standing outside his car, which has Tennessee license plates. He told them he had been driving the car and that ```I hit the man lying in the road.'''
The officer smelled alcohol on his breath and described Stallworth's eyes as ``bloodshot and watery.''
A blood sample was taken from Stallworth and forwarded to a lab at the University of Miami, where results showed his blood alcohol level was .126.
Stallworth later told police at the Miami Beach police station that ''he had time to honk his horn and flash his headlights'' to warn Reyes, who was not in a crosswalk.
Reyes was taken from the crash scene to the nearby Ryder Trauma Center with injuries to his head, chest and stomach. He died shortly after arriving at hospital.
He is survived by his wife of almost 20 years, Catalina, and the couple's 15-year-old daughter, Daniela.
A few days after the crash, Stallworth, through the Cleveland Browns organization, issued a statement expressing his condolences to the Reyes family.
''My family and I are grief stricken over the tragic accident which occurred Saturday on Miami Beach where Mario Reyes sadly lost his life,'' Stallworth said in the statement. ``My thoughts and prayers are with the Reyes family during this incredibly difficult time. Conditions of Stallworth's bond, detailed in court documents, will allow him to live in Florida and Ohio.
Before traveling between the two he must tell the court; for other travel he has to get permission.
He cannot have alcohol or do drugs, and he will be subject to random testing through the National Football League's program for substance abuse.
He also will have a curfew between midnight and 6 a.m. and will not be able to drive. Donte' Stallworth charged with DUI manslaughter - Breaking News - Sports - MiamiHerald.com