NBA Player Haywood Highsmith Sued For Reckless Driving After Victim Of Car Crash Had To Have Leg Amputated

Haywood Highsmith, Alekxei Pino

NBA Player Haywood Highsmith Sued For Reckless Driving After Victim Of Car Crash Had To Have Leg Amputated

Miami Heat star Haywood Highsmith may be responsible for an injury settlement.

According to reports, the 27-year-old was recently sued by an individual that he struck with his car earlier this month.

Haywood Highsmith

The car accident reportedly happened back on February 6th. According to the suit filed by the victim Alekxei Pino, he was assisting a stranded motorist on a road in Miami when Haywood came crashing into him with his 2021 Audi A5. Pino, 21, claimed in the suit that the athlete was driving well over the speed limit and thus should be held responsible for the injuries he has sustained.

A police report filed at the time of the incident noted that Haywood did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Additionally, it was noted that the NBA hooper was going 45mph in a 40mph zone, resulting in him ultimately being cited for reckless driving. Authorities reportedly also acknowledged that Haywood could’ve been distracted by “unknown circumstances.” Haywood was reportedly benched at the next Miami Heat game, and his agent released a statement that read:

“This was an unfortunate accident. We have been notified that the person sustained significant injuries but is in stable condition. Haywood and his family are praying for him. Haywood is of course shaken by this and appreciates the support and prayers he has received from the Miami Heat and fans.”

In his suit, Pino reportedly stated that he had to undergo numerous procedures to correct the damage caused by the accident, including a partial leg amputation. His attorney recently shared that he’s still in the hospital recovering, and is facing “a very long road of rehabilitation.” At this time, the amount Pino is seeking in damages has not been disclosed. The civil suit was only recently filed last Friday (February 16th). The plaintiff’s family also started a GoFundMe on his behalf with a goal of $100,000. So far it has raised nearly $28,000.

It has not been reported that Haywood has responded to the suit in court at this time.


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Authored by: Kay Johnson