Friday, May 28, 2010
Kiwanuka's brother critical after crash
ESPN.com news services
The brother of New York Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka is in critical condition after crashing his motorcycle, police said on Friday.
Benedict Kiwanuka, 32, and his brother Mathias, 27, were riding motorcycles when the older brother hit a car pulling out of an apartment complex. The police report says that first responders found an "individual lying in the roadway with multiple injuries."
It was estimated that Benedict Kiwanuka was thrown 100 feet from his motorcycle. He was transported to Methodist Hospital.
Lt. Jeff Duhamell, spokesman for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, said Benedict Kiwanuka is in "critical condition with multiple injuries" including a "severe" one to one of his arms, according to the New York Daily News.
Mathias Kiwanuka did not hit the car and was unhurt, while the driver suffered facial lacerations and was also taken to Methodist Hospital, according to the police report.
Investigators cited witnesses claiming that the brothers were speeding when the accident occurred. No citations have been issued, but the police report says that the investigation is ongoing and that blood will be taken for testing from all the parties involved. The police reports states that alcohol is not thought to be a factor in the crash.
Duhamell, who was at the scene, said that Benedict Kiwanuka was not wearing a helmet, though one was attached to his motorcycle, according to the Daily News. Sgt. Paul S. Thompson told ESPNNewYork.com that motorcycle riders who are properly licensed are not required to wear a helmet in the state of Indiana unless they are beginners or under 18. It is not known whether Mathias Kiwanuka was wearing a helmet.
NFL player contracts come with a standard hazardous activity clause that has vague language. Should a player suffer injuries from hazardous activities, a team might be able to claim a breach of contract.
Mathias Kiwanuka is from Indianapolis and attended Cathedral High School. Several Giants players left the New York area for the holiday weekend following the team's offseason training activity.
ABC Channel 6 in Indianapolis first reported the accident.
This is a very important offseason for Mathias Kiwanuka. He is entering the fifth and final season of his contract and he told ESPN-New York in April that he wanted to be a full-time starter this season opposite Justin Tuck. Kiwanuka will face competition from Osi Umenyiora for the starting spot. Kiwanuka started six games last season, including the final five in place of the demoted Umenyiora.
During the first two OTA sessions open to the media, Kiwanuka started opposite Tuck with the first-team while Umenyiora subbed in.
"I looked at last year as a big year," Kiwanuka said in mid-April. "But this year is definitely make-or-break time for me."
Information from ESPNNewYork.com Giants writer Ohm Youngmisuk contributed to this report.