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Star College Football Player Allowed to Walk Away From Hit and Run

November 16, 2014
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PJ Williams hit and run

P.J. Williams

On the football field, hitting and running is allowed. On the highway, it is not.

P.J. Williams is a star cornerback for Florida State University. His car crashed into another car at 2:35 a.m. on October 5, 2014. Williams and another player fled the scene of the accident. The other driver was injured, but not seriously.

The Tallahassee police came to the scene. Mr. Williams came back about 20 minutes later,

Observers say an ordinary citizen would have been charged with leaving the scene of an accident. In Florida, this is a criminal act.

The other driver's car.

The other driver’s car.

According to police reports, no charges were filed. The tale of how this came to be shows how some people get treated differently than others. In this case, Florida State University is a football powerhouse. Its best players are important to the school and the city. They do not have to follow the same rules as others.

The Tallahassee Police Department did everything it could to hide the facts. It gave Mr. Williams two traffic tickets. The first was for an improper left turn. The second was for driving with a suspended license.

The police never questioned Mr. Williams on why he left the scene. They did not ask him to take a Breathalyzer test to see if he had been drinking. They did not impound the car he hit as evidence.

The police tried to avoid criticism by showing how they treated other hit and run situations. However, an investigation showed none of the other accidents were anything at all like Mr. William’s accident.

Florida State University police also showed up at the scene. They also did not write a report. They deny any involvement in a cover-up.

Mr. Williams paid $296 for old tickets. He was ordered to pay $392 for the Oct. 5th tickets. He did not pay the fines. His license was suspended again.

Source: The New York Times November 15, 2014

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