Search for driver continues after UofL DE hit on moped

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by Claudia Coffey

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 27, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 28 at 6:42 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A UofL football player remained hospitalized Tuesday night.

Defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin was riding a moped when he was hit near the Yum! training center on South Floyd.

Mauldin is a key player for the cards. He’s a defensive end on the field and he's the face of the Cards on billboards around town. 

After practice on Tuesday night, Coach Charlie Strong announced that he spoke to Mauldin shortly after the accident while he was in the ER.

"When I got there, I said Lo what's wrong and he said I have some pain” Strong said. “Then, I had to move away and let the EMS move in and take over and do all the work. I’m not a doctor, so I just got out of the way.”

The accident happened around 8:45 on Tuesday morning on Floyd Street. The car hit Mauldin's moped, then took off. Coach Strong said he thinks Mauldin was not wearing a helmet and at this point, the extent of Mauldin's injuries is unclear, but the team is optimistic.

"Under the circumstances, I  think its good news, we hope so," Strong said.

Both Coach Strong and the players went to the ER to visit Mauldin. Coach Strong said Mauldin is the kind of player teammates look up to.  He was in and out of foster homes growing up and came to the team as a shy player and has emerged as a leader.

"He's an outstanding player and an outstanding person. He's grown a lot since he's been here and anytime that happens to anyone, you don’t want it to happen to any player, but the players here really respect him," Strong continued.

In the meantime, LMPD continues to search for the car that hit Mauldin, a champagne colored sedan or compact car.

It's still unclear if Mauldin will play in Sunday's game.

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