JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Georgia Tech cornerback Jamal Lewis
might sit out the Gator Bowl after being involved in a car crash
that killed a family friend.
Lewis was riding Saturday with Corey L. Russ, an off-duty
Jacksonville police officer. Russ drove the wrong way on a downtown
street when his patrol car ran a red light and was hit by another
motorist, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
The Yellow Jackets have been in town for a week preparing for
Monday's game against West Virginia.
Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey said he would let Lewis decide
whether to play. The junior was treated for minor injuries and
released from the hospital.
"I told him, see how you feel," Gailey said Sunday. "Don't
think we want you to play or don't want you to play. You just see
how you feel and you go from there."
The driver of the second car was not injured.
Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Leeper said all three people were
wearing seat belts. He said the driver of the second car had the
right of way at the intersection, and it wasn't known why Russ was
driving the wrong way or at what rate of speed.