Kidd Admits That He Fled Wreck

Posted: May 24, 1994

Jason Kidd, the University of California point guard expected to be among the top five players picked in the NBA draft, might face misdemeanor charges of hit-and-run and reckless driving as the result of a Sunday morning, two-car accident that occurred after he left a nightclub outside Oakland.

Kidd, 21, accompanied by attorney Henry Cruz and agent Aaron Goodwin, yesterday spoke with California Highway Patrol officials for the first time since the 2:50 a.m. accident Sunday, in which the car Kidd was driving struck another car, causing Kidd's car to overturn where Interstate 580 and Interstate 80 separate.

"While driving two friends home I was involved in an accident," Kidd said in a prepared statement. "I panicked and mistakenly left the scene. I was not intoxicated, and I have spoken with the authorities regarding this matter. Thankfully, no one was injured."

Goodwin and Bill Duffy, Kidd's agents, say it's a "miracle" Kidd was not injured - or even killed - after seeing the extensive damage done to the driver-side door of the 1994 Toyota Land Cruiser, which Kidd recently had bought for his father. Damage to the other car, a Volkswagen Rabbit driven by Donald Peck, 33, was minimal.

Goodwin said Kidd was at the OT Cafe in Emeryville, owned by New York Jets safety Ronnie Lott, before the accident.

"He was at the club dancing," said Goodwin, "and he did have a drink, but he was not intoxicated. This thing is not about intoxication; it's not even an issue."

According to a CHP spokesman, one witness said the vehicle Kidd was driving passed him at speeds estimated at 100 mph, and was weaving at the time.

Goodwin said Kidd stated he was traveling at about 60 mph when his car was struck from behind by the one driven by Peck, causing Kidd to lose control. The car rolled over and came to rest on its side.

In other news:

FLA. ST.: EXPOSURE CHARGE

Former Florida State tailback Sean Jackson faces a misdemeanor indecent exposure charge after being accused of exposing himself to a 22-year-old

college student. Jackson, who was drafted this year by the Houston Oilers, was arrested Saturday night. He was one of the players who has admitted accepting free clothing from agents last year.

BOWLS: RESTRUCTURING DISCUSSED

Commissioners from the Southeastern, Atlantic Coast, Big 12 - formerly the Big 8 - and Big East conferences met with TV executives and bowl officials to discuss a plan to trim the number of New Year's Day bowl games from eight to four. The six top-seeded available teams in the country would play in the three Bowl Coalition games designated for New Year's. The Rose Bowl, which is not part of the coalition, would continue on its own. One coalition game would pit the two top-seeded teams against each other for the national championship.

OHIO ST.: DUDLEY CASE UPDATE

Ohio State football and basketball player Rickey Dudley had his court case on charges of drunken driving continued until June 15 in Franklin County Municipal Court. Dudley was arrested April 21.

BASEBALL: SEEDINGS GIVEN

Miami, Louisiana State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Clemson, Tennessee, Oklahoma State and Georgia Tech were given No. 1 seeds in the 48-team NCAA baseball tournament. Competition at the regional sites begins Thursday and Friday, with each winner advancing to the College World Series.

E. STROUDSBURG: SPORT BACK

East Stroudsburg will reinstate women's swimming in its intercollegiate athletic program starting with the 1995-96 season as part of its gender equity plan. The school has been without a women's swimming program since the 1989-90 season.

MAINE: NCAA NOTIFICATION

The NCAA has notified the University of Maine that it intends to conduct a preliminary inquiry into possible violations, primarily involving the hockey team.

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