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Video Exists Of Stallworth Accident

A source with knowledge of the March 14 collision between Brown receiver Donte’ Stallworth’s vehicle and 59-year-old Mario Reyes tells us that a video of the accident exists.
Per the source, the footage was shot by a nearby surveillance camera that monitors the gates to Reyes’ workplace.
We’re told that the video shows Reyes walking into the highway in an area that does not contain a crosswalk, and ultimately walking directly into the path of Stallworth’s Bentley.
Stallworth’s lawyer, David Cornwell, declined to confirm the existence of the video.
The contents of the video apparently had a significant impact on the ultimate plea deal.  Though the 30-day prison term and two years of house arrest light have triggered significant criticism, the ultimate question for a jury would have been whether the evidence proves beyond a reasonable doubt that Stallworth caused or contributed to the death of Mario Reyes.  At a minimum, the contents of the tape, as they have been described to us, indicate that a reasonable jury could have found reasonable doubt.
Whether the video results in a reduced suspension from the NFL remains to be seen.

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39 Responses to “Video Exists Of Stallworth Accident”
  1. PackAttack says: Jun 22, 2009 1:37 PM

    Lets hope this is the last reply we ever see of this puke.

  2. AdamF says: Jun 22, 2009 1:38 PM

    yeah, so stop all y’all’s diarrhea of the mouth about my boy donte until you know all the facts.

  3. mforte22 says: Jun 22, 2009 1:47 PM

    Isn’t this how all DUI manslaughter’s go? It’s not like they veer 10 feet onto the sidewalk and hit someone. It’s always someone in the wrong place at the wrong time, and it’s the drivers job to be sober enough to be aware of them. Goodell needs to lay down the hammer. Hard.

  4. browns_4_life says: Jun 22, 2009 1:51 PM

    This changes everything. It sounds like If Stallworth wouldn’t have been over the limit he might have gotten off completely.

  5. mforte22 says: Jun 22, 2009 1:57 PM

    browns_4_life says:
    June 22nd, 2009 at 1:51 pm
    This changes everything. It sounds like If Stallworth wouldn’t have been over the limit he might have gotten off completely.
    Uh. Duh. But he was over the limit. He was drunk and killed a person with his car. The crime began when he turned on his vehicle.

  6. LiveNBreath Football says: Jun 22, 2009 1:57 PM

    Doesn’t matter if he was not exactly in the crosswalk. It’s would it be reasonable for someone to cross the road at that point. If the path Mr. Reyes took leads directly from the gate of his work to the bus stop, it would be reasonable that many people take that path to the bus stop. It would be more likely that people would do that than veer off the straight path to go to the crosswalk. Considering the time of day, it was also reasonable that people would be crossing that path going to and from work. It is up to driver’s to watch out for people crossing into their path.
    If Stallworth had not been drunk, he might not have veered around several cars to get through the light. In which case, he might have been stopped at the time Mr. Reyes crossed. Therefore, no accident would have occurred.

  7. PackAttack says: Jun 22, 2009 2:00 PM

    opps REPLAY

  8. EverybodyGotAIDS says: Jun 22, 2009 2:02 PM

    Well it’s hard to say anything without actually seeing the video…but if the guy just walked straight out into the path of the car….how were his family’s finances before this whole situation? It isn’t unheard of for people to walk in front of expensive cars to collect settlements. It does sound as if his family will be pretty financially secure going forward…

  9. zygi milf says: Jun 22, 2009 2:03 PM

    browns_4_life says:
    June 22nd, 2009 at 1:51 pm
    This changes everything. It sounds like If Stallworth wouldn’t have been over the limit he might have gotten off completely.
    *********
    If he wasn’t drunk, maybe he would have seen Reyes; and therefore maybe would have used the brakes.

  10. icase81 says: Jun 22, 2009 2:04 PM

    mforte22 says:
    June 22nd, 2009 at 1:47 pm
    Isn’t this how all DUI manslaughter’s go? It’s not like they veer 10 feet onto the sidewalk and hit someone. It’s always someone in the wrong place at the wrong time, and it’s the drivers job to be sober enough to be aware of them. Goodell needs to lay down the hammer. Hard.
    Actually, isn’t it most drunks veer into another lane and hit people, don’t stop at stop lights in time, etc? Sounds like Stallworth was minding his own business, driving down the street and this guy jumped out in front of him. If he wouldn’t have been over the legal limit (I won’t even say ‘drunk’ because of the calculations that have been done say he had 4 drinks and stopped drinking at approx 12 midnight, so he wasn’t drunk) he wouldn’t have been charged with anything.

  11. kingj says: Jun 22, 2009 2:08 PM

    Stallworth NEVER should have been behind the wheel at all. Simply put….no Stallworth driving Bentley, no dead guy. Million’s of dollars to catch a football (which he doesn’t even do very well) yet not smart enough to spend $20 on a cab? Anyone else is sentenced to 3-5 minimum. It’s ridiculous where society focuses its idolatry.

  12. mike hunt says: Jun 22, 2009 2:10 PM

    The realize the fact that since Stallworth was drunk he should be punished regardless..BUT, am I the only one that notices the prevelance of people just blatantly stepping out into the road expecting vehicles to just stop? And on top of that they take their time crossing the street. Sorry but I don’t know what pisses me off more, that or all the people (especially in Florida) that constantly run red left turn signals. Your light could turn Green and it never fuking fails that there is still a row of cars in front of you all trying to beat the light. And cops typically don’t do shit about it. But yet I will get pulled over for driving a whopping 10 miles an hour over the speed limit, but I digress…At any rate, I guess looking both ways before crossing the street is a forgotten rule now. But yet it is somehow the drivers fault because some jerk off pedestrain thought that he somehow owned the road, decided to cross, and paid the price for it.

  13. Football says: Jun 22, 2009 2:21 PM

    Lets not forget that Stallworth was also speeding and swirved around the car in front of him that was stopping at a traffic light in an attempt to beat the light.

  14. theendzoneview.com says: Jun 22, 2009 2:22 PM

    The part of the story that continues to befuddle me is that Donte has said that he flashed his lights warning Reyes. If you have time to flash your lights, you have time to apply the breaks in my view.
    (unless he was drunk and high and thought he could stop his car with his high beams)

  15. Bucfs says: Jun 22, 2009 2:27 PM

    this makes sense, 30 days is plenty if Reyes was incredibly intoxicated, probably wearing all black and walking across a highway in the middle of the night.
    Yes, Stallworth deserves a DUI as he shouldn’t have been driving but doesn’t deserve anything out of the ordinary. IF this tape confirms Reyes virtually jumped in the way of the car, then Stallworth doesn’t deserve anything more [legally]
    however, according to the NFL commish ANYTHING is possible. It’s not a matter of what we think, its a matter of what Goodell thinks, and if he wants to set Stallworth as an example…he’ll do so regardless of a tape

  16. houskat says: Jun 22, 2009 2:33 PM

    I thought Stallworth tried to beat a red light….

  17. SpartaChris says: Jun 22, 2009 2:38 PM

    mforte22 says:
    June 22nd, 2009 at 1:47 pm
    Isn’t this how all DUI manslaughter’s go? It’s not like they veer 10 feet onto the sidewalk and hit someone. It’s always someone in the wrong place at the wrong time, and it’s the drivers job to be sober enough to be aware of them. Goodell needs to lay down the hammer. Hard.

    All? Hardly. I’m sure a few are as accidental as this one, but most of them involve some form of genuine recklessness like running a light, veering into oncoming traffic, etc.

  18. TCLARK says: Jun 22, 2009 2:42 PM

    browns_4_life says:
    June 22nd, 2009 at 1:51 pm
    This changes everything. It sounds like If Stallworth wouldn’t have been over the limit he might have gotten off completely.
    Not everything. Mr. Reyes is still dead. But it does change some perceptions.

  19. smiley says: Jun 22, 2009 2:42 PM

    Doesn’t matter now who was at fault……..book em Danno!

  20. ROY11 says: Jun 22, 2009 2:55 PM

    mforte22: Have you seen the video? What if there was no chance to stop and a car next to Stallworth?

  21. TheCoop says: Jun 22, 2009 2:56 PM

    Doesn’t matter what the tape shows……. In the PFT Galaxy and ESPN World, you’re guilty until proven innocent……….

  22. 8man says: Jun 22, 2009 3:12 PM

    Yeah. Pretty sick of all of this, “It’s the driver’s responsibility” crap. Pure crap! Too many people cross streets anywhere they damn well please and don’t even look both ways.
    A few more bounced pedestrians and maybe we’ll have less of it. I have stated to anyone who would listen that the deceased was jaywalking. He broke the law and put himself into danger. And if that tape does exist and shows that fact, I’m going on record as saying the punishment to Stallworth was too harsh!

  23. Mangy66 says: Jun 22, 2009 3:13 PM

    This reminds me of the last time I was in London and decided to look left before crossing the street, and nearly stepped in front of a bus that was going full speed.
    I’m sure there are a lot of people that would have been happy if it happened, but I’m glad I’m still here.

  24. LL Live says: Jun 22, 2009 3:17 PM

    Now you’re being a lawyer???…this point was brought up by myself and others several times before today…before and after the plea agreement…

  25. packerfanfornot4life says: Jun 22, 2009 3:40 PM

    kingj says:
    June 22nd, 2009 at 2:08 pm
    Stallworth NEVER should have been behind the wheel at all. Simply put….no Stallworth driving Bentley, no dead guy. Million’s of dollars to catch a football (which he doesn’t even do very well) yet not smart enough to spend $20 on a cab? Anyone else is sentenced to 3-5 minimum. It’s ridiculous where society focuses its idolatry.
    So Stallworth was the only driver that morning? Nobody was following him??
    If the man walked into traffic then he likely would been hit, just not by someone famous so we would never have know about it.

  26. We_Miss_You_Dan says: Jun 22, 2009 4:39 PM

    It’s a mixed bag in the comments section on this one.
    If Mr. Reyes crossed outside of a crosswalk and was “immediately struck” by Stallworth then I say put his ass on the poster for crosswalks. I live in a city where you would think the sidewalks are lava (remember when you were little and the living room floor was lava? Yeah like that). On a daily basis here, we have to drive around gaggles of teenage and young adults walking on the street. I am not just talking about the side streets either, but major highways and four lane city streets. You would really think that the law said “No walking on sidewalks”.
    Mr. Reyes situation may be a little less flagrant, but if he was crossing the street at a point that was not a crosswalk, then all bets are off. If there is video of this event, then I am sure Stallworth was aware of it at the time of the plea, and he has really gained my respect for taking the hit on something he probably could have beaten. Before everyone decides I forgot he was a drunk driver let me be adamant:
    PEOPLE WHO DRINK AND DRIVE ARE MORONS.
    That being said, people who can’t obey simple safety laws are no less morons. I know that DUI is a hot button (it is with me too), but crosswalks are there for a reason, just like seatbelts in a car, and if you can’t use either, then I have no pity when it jumps up and bites you in the ass. How many times did Mr. Reyes break that same law (yes, it’s also a LAW) and get away with it? This time, there was a car there.

  27. Kidekk says: Jun 22, 2009 5:00 PM

    So we’re going to shirk any responsibility away from Mr. Reyes because Stallworth was drunk, but not fault someone for breaking the law and walking where he should not have been walking? Moreover, to the guy who said it was reasonable for Mr. Reyes to walk in that path because it was in a direct line to his workplace, that is the biggest piece of mumbo-jumbo I’ve ever heard. If it was so reasonable, there would have been a crosswalk there, because, you know, crosswalks are placed at reasonable places to cross the road. Just because it seems reasonable doesn’t make it okay. Jaywalking laws are there for a reason, and just because Stallworth was drunk doesn’t make the guy any less at fault because he walked into the path of Stallworth’s car. Moreover, with regards to the flashing of the lights and honking of the horn instead of stopping, isn’t it possible that Mr. Reyes was not in Stallworth’s direct path originally and walked/jogged/hurried into the car’s path as he was making his way to the bus stop because he was not aware of the car coming? Until we see the tape (it’s bound to come out) it’s hard to really speculate what happened aside from the published reports that the man was jaywalking, Stallworth was drunk, and the man, Mr. Reyes, died as a result of the collision.

  28. clintdogg says: Jun 22, 2009 5:06 PM

    mforte22 says:
    June 22nd, 2009 at 1:47 pm
    Isn’t this how all DUI manslaughter’s go? It’s not like they veer 10 feet onto the sidewalk and hit someone.
    ————————————–
    Actually that is how most of them go. They veer off to the other side of the road and hit another car, they run a red light and hit another car, they veer off the road and hit a building or a car. They hit an inanimate object and kill a passanger. This is probably the least common of DUI manslaughter cases.

  29. empty13 says: Jun 22, 2009 5:09 PM

    Dead means dead.
    But… Alas… Money doesn’t talk. It swears.

  30. jimicos says: Jun 22, 2009 5:11 PM

    You can forget about seeing the video. Goodell already destroyed the tape.

  31. mforte22 says: Jun 22, 2009 5:17 PM

    ROY11 says:
    June 22nd, 2009 at 2:55 pm
    mforte22: Have you seen the video? What if there was no chance to stop and a car next to Stallworth?
    I’m saying it doesn’t matter. He was drunk and killed an innocent person. Tough titties if it “wasn’t his fault”. Actually, I couldn’t care less about his prison sentence. I’d like to see him banned from the NFL, losing his PRIVILEGE to make millions of dollars playing a game. Then he go on with his life working construction or something, since it “wasn’t his fault”.

  32. Kidekk says: Jun 22, 2009 6:22 PM

    mforte22, I don’t know if you have been reading up on the case but it does matter because under Florida law for DUI manslaughter, you have to prove the drunk driver was 100% at fault for what happened. And, while drinking and driving is wrong (really wrong/stupid/etc.), Mr. Reyes needs to be more cautious with himself and not be illegally in the middle of a road just because he’s going to miss his bus. Unless you can point out specifically that this accident would not have happened if Stallworth were sober, then you can’t be definite with since he was drunk then it is his fault. I’m not condoning drunk driving, but I feel like a lot of people is absolving Mr. Reyes for also disobeying the law (and more so for not minding for his own safety) by jaywalking just because Stallworth was legally drunk. They both made stupid mistakes. Just because drunk driving is such a horrible thing, it does not mean that you have to blindly say that Stallworth is 100% at fault because he was drunk. Think objectively and realize that there are other relevant factors in this story. Pay attention to all of the facts, not just the ones that please you.
    And the playing in the NFL is not a privilege. If you’re good enough you get paid. If you’re not, you either don’t get drafted, don’t get signed, or get cut. That being said, the only way it would be considered a “privilege” to make millions is if there was one standard salary for players with specific increases for years played, etc. If the Browns didn’t think he was that good or would bring value to their team, they wouldn’t have signed him or paid him that much money.

  33. cramjones says: Jun 22, 2009 9:42 PM

    For those of you that believe that the pedestrian was just as much as fault, let me ask you one thing………..When’s the last time a “Jaywalker” killed someone driving in a car? Yes, it has happened (hell I don’t know when, just for arguments sake you know) but that’s why they have restrictions and tests to obtain a drivers license, yet not to walk. It’s the drivers responsibility to esnsure they take all needed steps to provide a safe experience for the people in the car and those OUTSIDE of the car.

  34. icase81 says: Jun 22, 2009 9:47 PM

    MForte22:
    How was he an INNOCENT person when he was blatenly BREAKING THE LAW by jaywalking? He broke the law, just the same as Stallworth did. Period.

  35. Vox Veritas says: Jun 22, 2009 10:41 PM

    “Mr. Reyes needs to be more cautious with himself”
    Kinda late for that bit of advice, don’t you think?
    “How was he an INNOCENT person when he was blatenly BREAKING THE LAW by jaywalking? He broke the law, just the same as Stallworth did. Period. ”
    When was he convicted?

  36. Hermoso says: Jun 22, 2009 10:47 PM

    I’d like to see the video before commenting but since it is not available currently I will just go with the facts that have been reported. I am sick of all these idiot pedestrians crossing the street without looking both ways. Mr. Reyes, more than Mr. Stallworth, should be made an example of what not to do. Stallworth, by driving drunk, did a disgusting thing and deserves to be punished (however, I think him losing his license for life is a little extreme). From this story, it appears that Reyes was much more at fault for this accident than Stallworth. If he had just been patient (especially since it’s a damn highway) he would almost certainly still be alive today.

  37. mi beardo es loco says: Jun 22, 2009 11:36 PM

    drinking y driving es no muy bueno.
    crossing los street y no crosswalk es also no muy bueno
    Mr. Reyes morir

  38. Kidekk says: Jun 22, 2009 11:54 PM

    cramjones, with that logic, there would be traffic for days in every major city. Roads were made for cars, sidewalks for people. When people want to cross the street, they go to a crosswalk. Or maybe we should start letting people drive on sidewalks when there’s traffic.

  39. icase81 says: Jun 23, 2009 12:10 AM

    Vox Veritas says:
    June 22nd, 2009 at 10:41 pm
    “Mr. Reyes needs to be more cautious with himself”
    Kinda late for that bit of advice, don’t you think?
    “How was he an INNOCENT person when he was blatenly BREAKING THE LAW by jaywalking? He broke the law, just the same as Stallworth did. Period. ”
    When was he convicted?
    When he was hit by a car in not-a-crosswalk. If you’re robbing a bank, and get shot by a security guard, does that mean you weren’t guilty of robbing the bank when theres security video of you doing it? If you hijack a plane and it crashes and you die, did you in fact, never really hijack the plane, when theres video of you doing it?

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