Ex-New England Patriots Brandon Spikes has been charged with four traffic violations stemming from hit-and-run accident that injured three people.
Spikes was charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury crash, operating a motor vehicle negligently to endanger, speeding and failure to stay within marked lanes, the state police said.
He is scheduled to appear in Wrentham District Court at a later date to answer to the charges.
The state police said Spikes was speeding and driving negligently when he crashed his 2011 Mercedes-Benz Maybach into the back of a 2009 Nissan Murano on an interstate highway in Foxborough on Sunday morning.
A 51-year-old man, a 32-year-old woman, and a 12-year-old boy were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries as a result of the accident and were later treated and released.
On Sunday, state troopers responded at 3:30 a.m. to a report of the Maybach in the median strip of the interstate. The vehicle was abandoned with damage to its front end and the driver, later determined to be Spikes, was nowhere to be found.
Spikes reported to the OnStar on-board navigation system that the vehicle was hit by a deer, but investigators did not find a deer when they arrived at the scene. Authorities then responded to an accident in the same area as the abandoned car and found evidence of the Murano being struck from behind.
Spikes was released by the Patriots hours after Massachusetts State Police issued their first report of an accident.
- Scooby Axson