The Florida Highway Patrol issued a report that said Hazell Stoudemire was driving a Cadillac Escalade north on U.S. 27 in Lake Wales, Fla., at a high rate of speed and collided with the rear of a tractor trailer at 1:42 a.m. ET. The report said that the 35-year-old was not wearing a seatbelt and was declared dead at the scene. Police are awaiting test results to see if alcohol was involved in the accident.
The team said that Stoudemire is traveling to Florida to be with his family and will not be with the team for Monday night’s game against the Jazz in New York. The team did not know when he will return. Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni said Stoudemire can take “whatever time he needs to take” before returning to the team. After Monday night’s game at Utah, the Knicks travel to Washington to play the Wizards on Wednesday and return home to host the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.
“I know he’s very close to his brother so my heart’s out for him,” D’Antoni said after the team’s shootaround on Monday, adding, “He cherishes his family, he does a great job of maintaining all the relationships. Like I said, this is just a trying moment for him.”
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