The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that a 2008 Ford pickup truck registered to Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline was discovered abandoned following a crash on highway I-595 earlier this month.
The accident reportedly took place at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 3. Hartline’s vehicle collided with a parked 2002 Cadillac Escalade just east of I-95. The pickup was ultimately towed from the scene.
“His vehicle ran off the road and hit the parked car,” said Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Wysocky. ”We don’t know who was driving the vehicle.”
An FHP trooper attempted to contact Hartline’s wife, and the call was returned by Hartline’s attorney. The lawyer assured police that his client was uninjured, which was probably a little less than what authorities wanted to know.
Florida Highway Patrol still hasn’t heard from Hartline, and a Dolphins spokesperson says the team is unaware of the incident.
In Miami, Hartline is considered the heavy favorite to start opposite Brandon Marshall this season. A fourth-round pick out of Ohio State two Aprils ago, Hartline impressed as a rookie with a 16.4 yards-per-reception average. He ranked second in the league to only San Diego’s Vincent Jackson in percentage of catches for first downs.