Future Terp Ledbetter injured in I-70 car crash

Allegany guard fell asleep at wheel, police report

College Basketball

May 13, 2004|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

Allegany College sophomore point guard Sterling Ledbetter, who signed with the University of Maryland last month and is expected to back up veteran John Gilchrist, is hospitalized after being hurt in a car accident early Monday while driving back to school.

Ledbetter, who played at Laurel High before enrolling at Allegany in Cumberland, apparently fell asleep at the wheel of his vehicle while traveling on Interstate 70 in Frederick County, state police said. He had to be cut from the car before being flown by helicopter to Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown.

Allegany coach Bob Kirk said Ledbetter, who was alone in the car and was returning from a family visit, suffered a dislocated hip that doctors placed back in the joint. Kirk also said Ledbetter had oral surgery Tuesday.

"Of course, [Ledbetter] is still sore. But I think he's doing pretty well," Kirk said. "I saw him after he first got there on Monday, then I saw him again a few hours later on Monday afternoon, and he looked so much better. I think he's going to be fine."

Washington County Hospital spokesman Karen McGowan said Ledbetter was listed in fair condition but would provide no details.

Cpl. Rob Maroney, a state police spokesman, said Ledbetter was involved in a single-vehicle crash at 8:39 a.m. and was transported to the hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening. The accident remains under investigation.

Ledbetter, 6 feet 4, 195 pounds, averaged 13.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 7.1 assists at Allegany last season and was expected to join Good Counsel forward James Gist as Maryland's recruiting class this fall.

The Terrapins intensified their efforts to sign Ledbetter last season after junior backup point guard Andre Collins left the team in December. Collins since has announced his intentions to transfer to Loyola College, which recently hired former Maryland assistant Jimmy Patsos as its coach.

Maryland coach Gary Williams could not be reached for comment.

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