LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- University of Louisville junior defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin was involved in a hit-and-run accident on his moped this morning. The accident occurred on Floyd Street near the team's training facility and he was transported to Jewish Hospital, where a team spokesman said he is alert and responsive, and a hospital spokesperson says he is in satisfactory condition.
U of L spokesman John Drees said three witnesses told campus police that Mauldin was hit by a champagne-colored sedan or compact car on Floyd Street. The car turned onto nearby Hahn Street, then drove away from the scene. Campus police are now in search of that car.
U of L spokesman Rocco Gasparro said Mauldin would undergo multiple tests at Jewish and that further information on his condition would be released as it is available.
Mauldin, a junior defensive end, is expected to be a mainstay of the Cardinals defensive line this season. He talked in the preseason about challenging Elvis Dumervil's school sack record.
A native of Atlanta, Mauldin bounced from one foster home to another during his childhood, 16 in all, while his mother struggled with drug issues. He described arriving at U of L as "like finding a family."
UPDATE from Steve Andress after UofL practice:
Head coach Charlie Strong spoke to the media following Tuesday evening's practice about the situation and status of Lorenzo Mauldin.
"Yes, I talked with him. Yes, I saw him," Strong said. "He probably just had a little pain and soreness more than anything. With the tests, we'll know more."
Strong echoed this statement released by the University of Louisville around 1 PM Tuesday afternoon:
"All preliminary tests on Lorenzo Mauldin have come back good. He will be kept overnight in the hospital for continued observation and evaluation for precautionary reasons."
Strong also seemed optimistic about Mauldin's condition but didn't know if he'd be available for Sunday's game against Ohio. Strong also said he didn't know if Mauldin would be released Wednesday from Jewish Hospital.
"Given the circumstances, I would probably say it's good news," said Strong. "We hope so."
Strong said he will not create a new policy about players riding mopeds. He also noted that Mauldin was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident but went into no other specifics about the extent of his injuries.
"When I got there (to the ER), I said, 'Lo, what's wrong?' And he said, 'Well, I have some pain.' I kind of moved away and let the EMS takeover and let them do all the work, because I'm not a doctor. So, I just got out of the way."
Strong said it will be "the doctor's call" as to whether Mauldin will play Sunday. If he is unable to go, B.J. Dubose will start in his place at defensive end.
As for this evening practice, Strong said the news of Mauldin didn't have much of an effect.
"Well, they just came out and practiced. You know how guys are," Strong remarked. "Once you tell them everything's fine, then they're going to come out and practice, but they haven't had a chance to go see him."
If Strong told his players "everything's fine", it sounds like Mauldin is fortunate to have not been injured more severely.
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