UK Basketball Players Uninjured In Drunk Driving Car Accident

University of Kentucky basketball players, Terrence Jones and Stacey Poole, Jr. were passengers in a SUV Cadillac Escapade. This vehicle was struck by another vehicle that was driving on the wrong side of the road on East High Street near Euclid, near the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. This accident occurred on Friday, November 11, 2011. It happened just hours before the second-ranked Wildcats’ season opener against Marist. The SUV was driven by Larry Warren, a friend and former high school teammate of Jones, who said he could not avoid the accident though he veered the vehicle to avoid being hit head-on.

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What caused the accident?
Warren said that they were leaving a night club when the car accident happened. They only drank bottled water and no alcohol. Coach John Calipari stated that neither of the players was charged and that no evidence of drugs or alcohol was found. According to the Herald-Leader, the driver of the other vehicle, Scott Roseberry, was charged with driving under the influence. Jones left the scene in fear of an altercation with the other driver but was later questioned by police before being treated at the hospital while Poole was questioned at the scene and was taken to UK hospital. They suffered non-life threatening injuries and experienced minor neck and back pain after the car accident. 

Life could change in a blink of an eye
Warren relayed how frustrated they were and screamed right after the accident happened, “Look what stupidity can bring you when somebody’s drinking and driving. That’s how quickly we could lose our lives.” He then said following the accident, "Looking back on it, I won't say we made a bad choice, but I could say we'll probably think twice before we make decisions to go out." Jones posted on his Twitter page following the accident, "Thanking God for blessing me to live and wake up this morning."

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As a Kentucky Accident Attorney, I've seen how drunk driving accidents have changed lives. We all know the dangers of drinking and driving. I applaud these Kentucky basketball players for making the right decision. We are all glad that they were not injured in this drunk driving accident. It could have caused serious injury or even death. I hope that this incident will be used to educate all Kentuckians on the serious consequences of drinking and driving. 

Michael Schafer
The Personal Injury Attorney for Louisville and Kentucky
2 Comments
I think I would have reacted the same way like they did. Of course the victims of any accident cases would be infuriated with the reckless driver! Be it a car or a truck or a motorcycle in any road scenario at all. If the roads are clear of ignorant, reckless, and selfish drivers, I think the roads could possibly be fully accident-free. Drivers who drive under the influence do not realize that their few moments of folly could cause someone his/her life which is an irreversible mistake. Please do not drive to drink, and you will never drink and drive. It is a good thing that the basketball players got away with no major injuries. Else, it could cost them their entire career.
by Peter Mould January 23, 2013 at 01:31 AM
This is a great example of how by not drinking and driving, these players probably saved their own lives. A car accident like this would be even harder to avoid and make last minute evasive manoeuvres if the boy had consumed some alcohol.
by Melanie April 11, 2012 at 02:51 AM
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