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Monday, June 29, 2009
Lawyer: Texas' Kindle left crash scene

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Texas Longhorns linebacker Sergio Kindle ran his car into an Austin, Texas, apartment and left the scene of the accident last week, according to his attorney.

Kindle, a senior who was a first-team All-Big 12 pick last season, hit his head during the wreck and suffered a concussion when he drove off the street and into a West Campus residence early Wednesday morning.

Sergio Kindle
Texas linebacker Sergio Kindle suffered a concussion in a wreck last week and left the scene because he "needed to go home and go to bed," his lawyer said.

"He knew he was hurt at the time and that he needed to go home and go to bed," Brian Roark, Kindle's lawyer, told the Austin American-Statesman.

Roark said the incident occurred at 2:50 a.m. ET on Wednesday and that Kindle was probably text messaging before the accident, the American-Statesman reported.

According to witnesses, Kindle and several passengers got out of the car and pushed it out of the residence and down the road before abandoning it, police said.

Roark said Kindle contacted the apartment's management Thursday when he woke up, according to the report. Police said the accident was under investigation and no charges had been filed.

Austin Police Cpl. Scott Perry said police have not talked to Kindle or Roark, The Associated Press reported.

Texas law doesn't appear to cover leaving the scene of accidents resulting in damage to buildings.

According to the state's transportation code, a driver who fails to leave a note at the scene providing the name of the operator, owner of the car and circumstances of a collision with an unattended vehicle faces a Class C misdemeanor if the damage is less than $200, a Class B misdemeanor if it is more.

Roark said because Kindle hit a stationary object and did not injure anyone else, he is only required to file a report with the Texas Department of Transportation, adding he planned to file it as early as Monday.

Kindle was suspended for the first three games of the 2007 season after a driving-while-intoxicated arrest. He recorded 10 sacks in 2008.

"Kindle made the football staff aware of what happened, and we're happy he's OK," said John Bianco, a UT football spokesman, according to the American-Statesman.

Roark said Kindle would pay for the damages himself or through insurance if it is covered.

An estimate from the apartment's management company put the cost of fixing the exterior wall of the building at $8,700.

The wreck also destroyed furniture, a computer, a desk and a cell phone in the apartment's bedroom, one of its residents said.

Ashley Zapata, 21, said she wasn't home at the time of the crash. According to a statement from the management company, Zapata and a roommate had been given new apartments.

Emily Dole, Zapata's roommate, told the Austin newspaper she returned home from work to find everything "in pieces" in Zapata's bedroom.

"She would have been dead if she had been sitting at her desk," Dole said.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.