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Originally published Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 12:00 AM

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NFL | Police release report on Donte Stallworth accident

A pedestrian wasn't in a crosswalk when Cleveland Browns receiver Donte Stallworth struck and killed him with his Bentley, according to...

MIAMI — A pedestrian wasn't in a crosswalk when Cleveland Browns receiver Donte Stallworth struck and killed him with his Bentley, according to a report released Tuesday by police in Miami Beach.

According to the report, Stallworth told officers he flashed his lights to try to warn 59-year-old Mario Reyes, a construction-crane operator who reportedly was rushing to catch a bus after getting off work around 7:15 a.m. March 14.

Police said Stallworth was driving about 50 mph in a 40 mph zone. They are investigating whether alcohol played a role in the accident. No charges have been filed against Stallworth, pending the outcome of blood tests.

A police diagram shows Reyes was hit in the far-left lane of the six-lane MacArthur Causeway — not in a nearby crosswalk.

Police also released calls from three people who dialed 911 that morning. Apparently none of the callers witnessed the accident.

Stallworth's attorney declined to comment but has said his client is cooperating with police. Stallworth last week released a statement saying he was "grief stricken" over the accident.

Stallworth, 28, signed a seven-year, $35 million contract with the Browns before last season but was injured most of the season.

Stallworth was scheduled to receive a $4.75 million signing bonus the day before the accident. He also has played for New Orleans, Philadelphia and New England.

In seven pro seasons, Stallworth has 296 receptions for 4,383 yards and 32 touchdowns.


• Owners meeting in Dana Point, Calif., passed four player-safety rules.

The initial force of a blindside block can't be delivered by a helmet, forearm or shoulder to an opponent's head or neck. An illegal blindside block will result in a 15-yard penalty.


Initial contact to the head of a defenseless receiver is prohibited, and on kickoffs no blocking wedge of more than two players will be allowed. Violations to those rules also will draw 15-yard penalties.

A kicking team with more than five players bunched together pursuing an onside kick will get a 5-yard penalty.

• Cleveland Browns coach Eric Mangini said "we'll have an open competition" to determine whether Brady Quinn or Derek Anderson will be the starting quarterback.

• Indianapolis signed linebacker Adam Seward, 26, previously with Carolina.

• The Buffalo Bills are attempting to negotiate a new contract with left tackle Jason Peters, 27, to avert another offseason holdout by their two-time Pro Bowl player.

• Contrary to remarks by Kansas City owner Clark Hunt, Tony Gonzalez wants to be traded if the right deal can be made, a person close to the Pro Bowl tight end told The Associated Press.

• The league's Sunday Ticket package will remain on DirecTV through 2014.

The satellite-television provider reportedly will pay the league $1 billion a year starting in 2011 to retain exclusive rights to the package of Sunday-afternoon games.

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