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Stallworth hits, kills pedestrian

Stallworth hits, kills pedestrian
Browns receiver Dont? Stallworth hit and killed a pedestrian while driving his Bentley toward Miami Beach on Saturday morning, police said.

Stallworth, 28, struck 59-year-old Mario Reyes at 7:17 a.m. as he was crossing the street on a causeway between Miami and Miami Beach, said Detective Juan Sanchez, Miami Beach police spokesman. Reyes was pronounced dead at Jackson Memorial Hospital about 8 a.m.

Stallworth, who is believed to have received his $4.75 million bonus from the Browns on Friday, was questioned by police and released. He has not yet been charged.

Stallworth, who identified himself to police as "NFL player Dont? Stallworth," had blood drawn at the scene to determine if he had been drinking or taking drugs, Sanchez said. The blood test is required in Florida when a fatality or serious injury occurs. Results of the test may not be known for days - or even weeks, Sanchez said.

"If the blood test shows any signs of impairment - either drugs or alcohol - we will take action at that point," Sanchez said.

He said he couldn't comment on Stallworth's demeanor at the site, because he didn't see him.

He said Reyes was near a crosswalk, but it's not known if he was crossing legally. It's also not yet known if Stall-

worth was exceeding the speed limit. If Stallworth is charged, he'll be required to turn himself in.

Browns spokesman Bill Bonsiewicz did not comment directly, but the club e-mailed a non-attributed statement that said, "We understand the seriousness of this situation, but will not have any further comment at this time as this is an ongoing investigation."

Drew Rosenhaus, Stallworth's agent, did not return a phone message or e-mail seeking comment.

Witnesses told the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel that Reyes worked at a nearby shipping company as an overnight crane operator. They said he had just finished his shift and was crossing the street to catch a bus when he was killed.

If Stallworth is charged, the Browns could try to withhold the roster bonus he earned Friday until the matter is resolved. Large bonuses are normally paid in two installments, in April and January, meaning Stallworth may not have received the money yet. Most bonuses contain forfeiture language, and the Browns might be able to recoup the money, depending on the charges.

This isn't the first time Stall-

worth has been in trouble with police in Miami, according to the Miami Herald. In March 2006, he was arrested after resisting arrest during a traffic stop. According to the arrest report, he was pulled over in his Bentley for driving with an expired tag.

The report said Stallworth told the detectives that "this was going to cost us a lot of money and that he would have our jobs." He was charged, but not prosecuted. In 2002, according to the Sun-Sentinel, Stallworth was charged for allowing a passenger to ride on the exterior of his vehicle. He pleaded guilty in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court.

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Added: March 18, 2009

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