HoopsHype Duane Washington rumors


July 9, 2013 Updates

Former New Jersey Nets and Los Angeles Clippers player Duane Washington has been sentenced to 60 days in jail for hitting a pedestrian and then leaving the scene in western Michigan. MLive.com reported Monday that an Ottawa County judge also placed the 48-year-old Washington on 18 months' probation and ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service. Authorities say the ex-NBA player hit 71-year-old Estella Vitins on Sept. 18 as she walked along Interstate 96 in Crockery Township after running out of gas. Vitins survived the accident, though she suffered a broken leg and other injuries. USA Today Sports

July 8, 2013 Updates
April 30, 2013 Updates

A former NBA player who left the scene after hitting a woman with his Jaguar has entered into a plea deal. Duane Washington pleaded no contest Monday in Ottawa County Circuit Court to failure to stop at the scene of a personal injury accident, a five-year felony. Estella Vitins was struck as she walked west in the eastbound lane of I-96 in Crockery Township around 2 a.m on Sept. 18, 2012. The driver of a gray Jaguar stopped, then fled the scene. The 70-year-old woman, who suffers from dementia, was hospitalized and later released. woodtv.com

November 7, 2012 Updates

It's on to Ottawa County Circuit Court for Duane Washington, a former NBA player charged in a September hit-and-run crash along I-96 in Crockery Township. Washington, 44, waived a preliminary examination set for Tuesday, Nov. 6, in Grand Haven District Court and was ordered to stand trial. He is charged with failing to stop at the scene of a serious injury accident, a five-year felony. Booth Newspapers

Estella Vitins, 70, suffered several broken bones in a leg and cuts on her right side after she was struck by a car while walking east on I-96 at about 2 a.m. Sept. 18. Vitins left her Sparta area home the day before and did not return on time, causing others to grow worried about her well-being. Booth Newspapers

November 6, 2012 Updates

A preliminary hearing into hit-and-run charges against a one-time NBA player was waived today in Grand Haven District Court. Duane Washington will stand trial for allegedly striking 70-year-old Estella Vitins, as the Sparta woman was wandering on the shoulder of I-96 east of Fruitport on September 18th, and then driving off. She’s recovering from her injuries. He could face up to five years in prison if convicted. 1450 WHTC

October 24, 2012 Updates
September 20, 2012 Updates

Former NBA and international player Duane Washington has been arrested and charged with failing to stop at the scene of an accident causing injury or death after allegedly hitting a 70-year-old woman suffering from early onset dementia with his car early Tuesday morning. Washington, the 48-year-old older brother of five-time NBA champion Derek Fisher, was arraigned Wednesday on the felony charge, which is punishable by five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. According to WOOD TV in Grand Rapids, Mich., "court documents show he told investigators that he panicked." Word of the alleged accident came down Tuesday afternoon, with John Tunison of the Grand Rapids Press reporting that Washington had been identified as the driver: Yahoo! Sports

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