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Stallworth charged with manslaughter in fatal crash

CLEVELAND Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth was charged on Wednesday with killing a pedestrian last month while driving drunk in Miami.

An arrest warrant charging Stallworth, 28, with drunk driving manslaughter was filed in the March 14 accident that killed 59-year-old Mario Reyes. If convicted, Stallworth would face a maximum 15-year prison sentence.

Stallworth's blood-alcohol level after the crash was .126, well above Florida's legal limit of .08, according to results of a blood test. Stallworth will also be charged with driving under the influence, which carries a possible six-month sentence plus fines and community service for first offenders.

Stallworth, who was expected to surrender in court today, released a statement last month saying he was "grief-stricken" over the accident. Prosecutors said they will ask that he be released on US$200,000 bail.

National Football League spokesman Greg Aiello said the league will review the case under its conduct and substance abuse policies.

"As the state attorney has said, this was a tragic accident that raises serious issues and we join all those who have expressed their sympathies to the Reyes family," Aiello said.

Stallworth will be prohibited from driving while on bail and not allowed to drink alcohol, according to court documents. He also must observe a midnight-to-6am curfew and submit to random alcohol and drug testing through the NFL's substance abuse program.

A Miami Beach police report said Reyes was not on a crossing on busy MacArthur Causeway when he was struck by the Bentley driven by Stallworth. The construction crane operator was trying to catch a bus home after finishing his shift around 7:15am.

The report also quoted Stallworth as saying he flashed his lights at Reyes in an attempted warning and that Stallworth was driving about 80 kilometers per hour in a 65-kph zone.

Stallworth's attorney Christopher Lyons did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

Stallworth signed a seven-year, US$35 million contract with the Browns before last season but was injured for much of the season.


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