Donte’ Stallworth In Hospital After Miami Hot Air Balloon Mishap
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Donte’ Stallworth, free agent wide receiver for the New England Patriots, is in stable condition after being involved in a hot air balloon accident in Miami Saturday morning.
Around 10 a.m. Saturday, Miami-Dade police officers were dispatched to a hot air balloon crash at 296th Street and SW 217th Avenue, Miami-Dade Police Detective Roy Rutland wrote in a statement.
The hot air balloon’s passenger basket crashed into power lines, burning at least one passenger.
The 32-year-old wide receiver and another passenger were injured and transported to the Trauma Center at Kendall Regional Hospital, the statement said. The third passenger was not injured.
Stallworth’s attorney, Christopher Lyons, told CNN that those injuries include severe burns.
Lyons said Stallworth was with a female friend when the accident occurred but would not comment further on her or her condition. The female friend’s brother and father said the 27-year-old’s name is Soleil Guerrero.
Stallworth’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told CNN that “He was injured but will be fine. He will be able to resume his NFL career.”
In December, Stallworth was placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury after only playing in one game during his brief return and making a 63-yard reception for a touchdown.
Prior to that injury, the Miami Dolphins tried to recruit Stallworth last August, shortly after he was released from the Patriots’ roster.
In 2009, Stallworth served 24 days in a Miami jail for DUI manslaughter.