State records show Hornets G David Wesley was driving with a suspended license when police said he was racing teammate Bobby Phills.
Jon Parks, a spokesman for the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, told the Charlotte Observer that Wesley's license was suspended indefinitely in August after he failed to comply with terms of a citation he had received several months earlier in Alabama.
Parks said records do not specify the nature of the citation in Alabama. It occurred exactly one year before Wednesday's three-car collision that killed Phills and injured two others.
"It can be as simple as a speeding ticket, running a red light or something as serious as a DWI," Parks said.
"Whatever it was, he did not take care of it."
Parks said the DMV was informed of the Alabama violation in June, two months before the suspension took effect. He said the DMV sends letters to motorists whose licenses are suspended.
Wesley, 29, was unavailable to comment.
To reinstate his license, Parks said, Wesley would have to pay the fine imposed by Alabama and a $25 North Carolina restoration fee.
Police said Wesley and Phills were speeding just before the wreck on West Tyvola Road. No charges have been filed and police said it would be at least a week before they complete an investigation.
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