Cam Newton released from hospital; name of other driver released

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The name of the other driver involved in a crash with Cam Newton on Tuesday in Charlotte has been released.

WSOC-TV reported on its Twitter page that Nester Pellot Jr. has been named as the driver of the sedan that was involved in the wreck with Newton’s truck.

Newton has two fractures in his back after the two-vehicle wreck and is said to be in fair condition. He was released from the hospital late Wednesday morning.

The injury was to Newton’s transverse process, a small bone that extends from each vertebra in the back. There were no other internal injuries, the team said.

It would be a surprise if he could play Sunday but not out of the question, said Dr. Kenneth Mautner, director of primary care sports medicine at Emory University in Atlanta.

“It’s not the kind of injury that affects the spine or the nerves so it’s a matter of when the pain settles down enough so he can play,” said Mautner, who is not involved in Newton’s case.

The driver of the other vehicle was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, according to reports. Nobody was cited in the crash, according to a report obtained by WSOC-TV.


Pellot Jr. told police he didn’t see Newton’s truck approaching on South Church Street, and as he began crossing Church Street he collided with Newton’s truck, the report states.

Newton told police he was driving down South Church Street when the other vehicle pulled out in front of him and collided into his truck, the report states.

The report states Newton told police he tried to maneuver to avoid the collision, but couldn’t. The report also stated that Newton’s truck rolled over, but does not say how many times.

CNN contributed to this report.

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