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Panthers linebacker Shaq Thompson involved in head-on collision

Carolina Panthers first round NFL draft choice Shaq Thompson smiles as he speaks to the media during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, May 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)


Panthers 2015 first-round pick Shaq Thompson’s car crossed the center line Sunday morning and hit another car, leaving another area football player injured.

According to Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review, Thompson was charged with driving left of center after a crash which sent former Duke quarterback Anthony Boone to the hospital.

He was driving in the suburbs south of Charlotte at 7:45 a.m. Sunday when he collided with Boone’s car head-on. Police said alcohol was involved, but not a factor in the crash. The fact Thompson wasn’t charged with anything suggests either he was below North Carolina’s legal limit, or it was involved in some other way other than affecting a driver.

“Shaq informed us he was involved in a traffic accident and we are in the process of gathering more information,” Panthers spokesman Ryan Anderson said.

Boone, who was in camp with the Lions last year, was hospitalized with serious but not life-threatening injuries. Thompson was not injured in the crash.