FHP: Norton’s improper lane change caused crash leading to his arm amputation

WEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - Florida Highway Patrol troopers have released the traffic crash report of the rollover crash involving Miami Dolphins tackle Kendrick Norton that led to the amputation of his arm.

The report was released Thursday morning and provides further details surrounding the two-vehicle crash that happened in West Miami-Dade on the westbound lanes of the Dolphin Expressway, near State Road 826, just after 1:15 a.m, on July 4.

Norton and a female passenger, identified later as Shakir Williams, were in a black 2017 Ford F-250, heading towards the northbound lanes of State Road 826 when Norton made an improper lane change to the southbound lanes.

A graphic provided by FHP indicated that Norton was attempting to make a last minute lane change.

When he switched lanes, he side swiped a gray 2015 Maserati Quattroporte that was in the lane, according to the crash report.

“He basically was going to head north, but then he decided to go south, and he collided with the vehicle,” said FHP Trooper Joe Sanchez.

Norton lost control of his truck and hit a concrete barrier wall before it overturned.

The other car ended up in a nearly horizontal position on the southbound lanes.

Norton and Williams were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital, while the driver and two other passengers in the Maserati did not suffer any serious injuries.

The occupants of the Maserati were wearing seat belts, per the report.

Officials also noted Norton and Williams were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.

FHP said drugs and alcohol are not suspected to be a factor in the crash.

“If you’re traveling through the highway, which constantly there are different patterns because of the construction, just pay attention,” said Sanchez.

Following the crash, Norton’s agent said his arm had to be amputated, possibly ending his football career.

“This one just happens to be an individual who worked all his life to make it to the pros, and one minute to the other, his goals are shattered,” said Sanchez. “It’s a tragedy for him, his family and both the Dolphins and UM administration.”

The report comes days after the NFL reached out to Norton to tell him all of his medical expenses will be covered.

On Monday, Norton gave a thumbs up in an update for his fans and family on Instagram.

His agent has set up a GoFundMe support fund for Norton and his family.

Norton posted on Instagram Thursday afternoon to thank God for being alive and the off-duty officers for coming to his rescue.

He also emphasized the importance of donating blood, as he believes he wouldn’t have made it through without blood donations.

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