Crowder cited for careless driving, leaving scene after crashing truck into tree

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder crashed his pickup truck into a tree alongside Florida's Turnpike on Wednesday and left the scene of the early-morning collision, authorities said.

Crowder, 24, said he lost control of his 2007 Dodge truck on an exit ramp at about 5:30 a.m. and then found a ride to his Davie home, according to a statement from the Florida Highway Patrol.

Crowder was cited for careless driving and leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage -- a second-degree misdemeanor. It was not immediately known if he had an attorney.

"He's fine. We have reached out to him, I think he's fine," Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said on a video posted on the team's Web site.

Crowder had 78 tackles this season but was sidelined with a knee injury. He underwent a right knee arthroscopy on Dec. 18 and was placed on injured reserve Dec. 22.

Authorities retrieved Crowder's belongings, including a firearm, from the truck and held the vehicle for the former University of Florida standout, according to the statement.