News Item: Roethlisberger to be cited
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Tuesday 20 June 2006 - 00:41:09

Steelers QB had wrong license, didn't wear helmet

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be cited for not wearing a helmet and not having a motorcycle license for a traffic accident last week in which he collided with a car, police said Monday.

Roethlisberger and the driver of the car he crashed into on June 12 both had the green light, but the driver of the vehicle will be cited for failing to yield when she made a left turn in front of him, police said.

Only licensed motorcyclists can ride without a helmet in Pennsylvania.

Roethlisberger was traveling at the speed limit a posted 35 mph zone, but he braked and hit the car at a slower speed, police officer Dan Connolly said Monday. There were no mechanical problems with Roethlisberger's Suzuki Hayabusa or the woman's Chrysler New Yorker, he said.

Roethlisberger and the woman will be sent summary citations. Fines and costs for Roethlisberger's citations are $388.

Roethlisberger underwent seven hours of surgery to repair broken jaws and other facial bones using small titanium plates and screws. Doctors have said tests showed no brain injuries, although there was a mild concussion. He also lost two teeth and chipped several others, doctors said.

Police did not have any contact with the Steelers administration during the investigation, Connolly said.

"This was no different than any other crash," Connolly said. "We found our determinations and determined that the parties needed to be cited and that's what we're doing."

Police Chief Dominic Costa said the woman driving the car had received threatening phone calls. She had filed a police report and the calls were being investigated, he said.

In an interview with ESPN radio Monday morning, coach Bill Cowher said there is no way of knowing what effect Roethlisberger's injuries would have his playing ability.

"That's the thing we have to be very sensitive to and we have to make sure that we monitor -- and we'll do that," Cowher said. "We'll work with the doctors. We'll talk to him."

He did not criticize Roethlisberger for not wearing a helmet, something he had done last year.

"I think it would be very unfair, and I think it's really irrelevant, to be judgmental about the accident itself," Cowher said.

"Sometimes with the lessons of life, you have to get knocked down before you get back up," Cowher said. "He's just very fortunate. This was one of those lessons that could have been devastating. It could have been a very tragic story."

Roethlisberger was discharged Wednesday night from Mercy Hospital and apologized to the team, his fans and family in a statement released Thursday. He also said in the statement that he would wear a helmet if he rode motorcycle again.
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