University of Illinois basketball player Jamar Smith -- charged yesterday with drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident -- apparently believed the teammate in the passenger seat of his car had died, authorities said.
Smith, a sophomore, was driving a 1996 Lexus on Feb. 12 when it struck a tree in heavy snow. He then drove the car a little more than a mile to the apartment complex where he lived.
Bystanders called 911 after seeing the badly damaged car in the parking lot, with Smith's passenger, teammate Brian Carlwell, still inside, Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz said. A number of other team members were gathered at the apartment, Rietz said.
"It appears that Smith was distraught, as he believed Carlwell had died in the crash," Rietz said in a written statement.
Smith's blood-alcohol level was .176 after the crash, more than twice the legal limit of .08, Rietz said.
Carlwell, 19, suffered a severe concussion and spent four days at Carle Foundation Hospital Urbana before being released last Friday. . . .
Suspended Gonzaga University center Josh Heytvelt was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance following his Feb. 9 arrest, when police said they found slightly more than an ounce of hallucinogenic mushrooms in his car.
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