A police spokesman confirmed, New York Jets defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson was treated for minor injuries after he was involved in an accident on the Garden State Parkway in which the car he was driving overturned after striking another vehicle. Wilkerson was transported to Newark Hospital after he crawled out of the car. New Jersey State Troopers added that there did not appear to be any serious injuries to anyone inside the car Wilkerson struck. The Sienna that Wilkerson struck was carrying ten passengers.
Wilkerson’s agent, Chad Wiestling released on a statement on the accident, “First and foremost, other than the minor injuries, he’s OK and everyone else involved is OK but I do not have a lot of details.”
New Jersey Garden State Trooper Christopher Kay said Wilkerson was charged with careless driving and failure to maintain his lane after he struck a Toyota Sienna with his 2011 Dodge Challenger, according to the police report. Police responded after being notified of the accident at 4:29 a.m. on Saturday.
Wilkerson’s Challenger is said to have traveled more than ten yards on the roof before coming to a stop. The Jets defensive tackle reported to the Jets team facility Monday and was examined by the team’s medical staff. A Jets spokesperson said he needed stitches in his forearm after the accident but should be ready for Jets training camp which begins July 26.
According to Jets coach Rex Ryan, Wilkerson has improved throughout the off-season. He added, “He’s going to be hard to ignore,” Ryan said. “That’s for sure. The thing that you always look for in a young man, a rookie coming into the league, a lot of times he’ll hit that wall and they’ll do just the opposite. He actually got better as the season went on. He was playing at a super-high level by the end of the season and he’s actually gotten better.”
Good to hear that Wilkerson made it out of the accident unscathed.