FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — Massachusetts State Police said they are continuing to investigate an incident involving the car of former Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes.
A car registered to Spikes was found abandoned on the highway in Foxboro with front-end damage. The Mercedes’ roadside assistance service told authorities the driver had reported hitting a deer.
Shortly after Spikes’ Mercedes Maybach was discovered, authorities were called to a nearby hit-and-run accident. The driver of a Nissan Murano reported being rear-ended by an unidentified car. Three people in the vehicle, including a 12-year-old boy, were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
Massachusetts State Police spokesman Dave Procopio said investigators are trying to determine whether Spikes’ vehicle was the car that struck the Nissan, as well as determine who was driving the Mercedes and if criminal charges are warranted against anyone.
The attorney of the family of three involved in the accident said he believes Spikes’ car was involved in the hit-and-run with his client, but police have not said that’s what happened.
“They heard what they thought was an explosion in the rear of the vehicle, felt a jolt,” Marc Breakstone said.
Breakstone also said both front seats fully reclined on impact.
“The driver, mom, struggled to pull herself up on the steering wheel.”
Shortly after the accident, the father called for help.
While police have not said if the two incidents are related, the New England Patriots released Spikes from the team. The Patriots announced the roster move on Twitter.
In the wake of the Pats’ decision to cut the linebacker, fans said they were a lit surprised at another former player making headlines off the field.
“I’m really surprised to be honest. He was a great player and a great asset to the team,” said Emmalyn Anderson. “I’m sure it was clearly a mistake and that it was nothing. I know the full story isn’t really out there yet, but I’m sure that it was nothing that was intentional by any means.”
“I liked him. I watched him, part of the team definitely,” added Anthony Peloni. “You’re innocent until proven guilty.”
Members of the State Police Collision Analysis Section and Crime Scene Services Section inspected both vehicles Monday. Troopers also examined a relevant stretch of roadway on Route 495 Northbound, including marks on the roadway left by the Maybach.
Officials plan to further analyze the evidence collected and recorded and will continue other investigative measures.