LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Who's responsible? That's what police are asking after they say a University of Louisville football player became the victim of a hit and run driver Tuesday morning.
Even in traffic, drivers at Interstate 65 and Breckinridge Street can't help but notice a huge image on a billboard staring back at them. It's 6' 4'' 245 pound Lorenzo Mauldin, starting defensive end and a major player for the University of Louisville Cardinals.
University of Louisville police say around 8:45 a.m. one driver wasn't paying attention at all to Lorenzo Mauldin, who wasn't on a billboard, but was heading northbound on South Floyd Street, by the KFC Yum! Center practice facility, on his moped in traffic.
Three witnesses told investigators they heard the crash and saw what looked like a tan or champagne colored sedan taking off. They say the after the player was hit the driver turned onto Hahn street.
Mauldin's coaches rushed to the hospital after hearing of the crash, "We got the call and probably about 9 we were there," said University of Louisville Head Football Coach Strong.
Strong says Mauldin is a great young man, who's gone through a lot in his life. Once a ward of the state in Georgia, Mauldin lived in 16 foster homes and two group homes. Maudlin told WAVE 3 News on August 8, when he came to Louisville, the Cards became his brothers. "People ask me, am I going to join a fraternity and are you going to go see your family and I say my family is here," he said.
"He's an outstanding player and an outstanding person." Strong continued, "He's grown up a lot and matured a lot since he's been here and anytime that happens to anyone, you don't want to see that happen, but the players here really respect him and really like him."
Offensive Coordinator Shawn Watson agreed, "The transformation in his life is he's a totally different person and he's always in our facility but you think he's a member of the staff because he's always there."
Students at UofL say they feel bad for the player and will be even more cautious crossing the always busy Floyd Street.
Eli Schultz, a UofL student said, "It's really pretty sad and it's really unfortunate that someone would hit somebody who didn't do anything wrong and just run like that!"
Coach Strong says once the players found out Mauldin was going to be OK they felt better.
He was recovering Tuesday night at Jewish Hospital where Strong says he is being held for observation. He says his player had several tests at Jewish and so far the results are good.
Strong says at the time of the accident Mauldin was not wearing a helmet. He also says he has no way of knowing right now when his starting defensive end will be playing again, including Sunday's season opener.
Lieutenant Colonel Kenny Brown with University police says "We're going to be reviewing our (security) cameras to see what they saw which will help us quite a lot."
Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call UofL police at (502) 852-6111.
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