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Dolphins' Norton deemed at fault for wreck that resulted in amputated arm

Sporting News logo Sporting News 7/11/2019 Gabrielle McMillen

CHARLOTTE, NC - JUNE 04: Kendrick Norton (74) walks to the field during the Carolina Panthers OTA (Organized Training Activities) at the Carolina Panthers Training Facility on June 04, 2018 in Charlotte, NC.(Photo by John Byrum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) © John Byrum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images CHARLOTTE, NC - JUNE 04: Kendrick Norton (74) walks to the field during the Carolina Panthers OTA (Organized Training Activities) at the Carolina Panthers Training Facility on June 04, 2018 in Charlotte, NC.(Photo by John Byrum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Kendrick Norton was at fault for the car wreck that resulted in him sustaining severe injuries and ultimately resulted in his arm getting amputated, according to the crash report obtained by ESPN.

The Dolphins defensive tackle was ticketed for improper lane change, which caused the chain of events that led to the horrific crash. According to Florida Highway Patrol's report, Norton was driving his Ford F250 truck on the outside lane of State Road 836 in the Miami area when he made a quick turn to try and get to the inside lanes going southbound.

As he sped up and changed lanes, he clipped the front of a Maserati, which caused Norton to crash into a concrete barrier and overturn the truck.

Per the report, the driver of the Maserati was able to stop on his own. Drugs and alcohol were not considered a factor in the crash.

Norton, 22, has been in the hospital since the July 4 crash, where doctors were forced to amputate his arm due to the severity of his injuries. He's already undergone four surgeries and more are expected as he prepares to get a prostheitc arm.

Norton's NFL career is now over, but the league has agreed to cover all his medical costs. His agent, Malki Kawa, said that Norton's "spirits are up considering the traumatic accident that he suffered and he's thankful for the support."

The Dolphins claimed Norton off waivers from the Panthers in 2018. He was placed on Miami's 53-man roster and expected to compete for playing time this season along the defensive line.

The former collegiate standout was a seventh-round draft pick by the Panthers in 2018 after he had 84 tackles, 18 for loss, five sacks and a forced fumble over his three-year career at the University of Miami.

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