Duane Washington Rumors
11 Dec 14
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.
A former NBA player who hit and seriously injured a 70-year-old pedestrian on I-96, then left the scene of the 2 a.m. accident, has been sentenced to 60 days in jail. Duane Eddy Washington, 48, of the Caledonia area, also was placed on 18 months of probation and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service for the Sept. 18 crash that injured Estella Vitins, 71, as she walked along the road.
Washington, 47, was arrested later that day. According to court documents, Washington said he was traveling at about 70 mph when he saw a woman in his headlights. He said he attempted to swerve, but claims he didn’t know he hit Vitins at first. Washington told an Ottawa County Sheriff’s detective he panicked and left the scene. Sentencing is set for June 17.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A preliminary hearing has been rescheduled for a former NBA player charged with leaving the scene of an accident on I-96 where a 70-year-old pedestrian was struck. Duane Eddy Washington, 44, is charged with failure to stop at the scene of an accident that resulted in a serious bodily impairment or death. The charge is a 5-year felony. The charge stems from a Sept. 18 crash where police say he hit Estella Vitins, 70, with his Jaguar as she walked along eastbound I-96 in Crockery Township about 2 a.m.
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: