The University of Georgia’s star safety Richard LeCounte is stable after being hospitalized following a Halloween evening accident in Athens. The accident occurred on October 31 as the footballer rode his Yamaha bike on Macon Highway around 6:40 p.m.
The Athens-Clarke County Police Department reported that LeCounte’s dirt bike hit a vehicle that was turning left and then went into oncoming traffic and struck another car.
This was shortly after the Bulldogs returned from a game in Kentucky. No further details were provided about how the crash occurred.
Erika Blocker-LeCounte, LeCounte’s mother, said he was wearing a helmet and that kept him alive.
The star safety was taken to Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital. On Sunday, the University’s Director of Sports Medicine Ron Courson said Richard LeCounte is stable and will remain in hospital for further medical care although his injuries are not life-threatening.
LeCounte sustained bruised ribs, a shoulder injury, and several cuts and scrapes. However, none of his bones were broken and he didn’t require surgery.
It is expected that the Riceboro native will miss at least a few weeks of football but a full recovery is anticipated.
LeCounte recorded 13 tackles and three pass breakups during the Bulldogs’ winning game against Kentucky. He now leads the team with three interceptions this season.
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