Massachusetts state troopers are attempting to figure out the connection between a damaged, abandoned car registered to Patriots LB Brandon Spikes, and a nearby hit-and-run incident.
Update: The Patriots have reportedly released Spikes.
Around 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning, troopers responded to an abandoned 2011 Mercedes Maybach with significant front-end damage, abandoned in the median strip of a highway in Foxboro. They were informed by an OnStar representative that the driver had reported hitting a deer—though no deer was found in the area, and from the police statement, it sounds like they doubt there was ever really a deer.
Boston.com obtained a photo of the car in a nearby tow lot, and it looks in rough shape.
Soon after, police responded to a report of a hit-and-run in the same area. The occupants of the car, a 51-year-old man, a 32-year-old woman, and a 12-year-old boy, said they had been rear-ended by a car they didn’t see and that drove off. All three were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
It doesn’t take much math to put the two incidents together, though for obvious reasons, the police aren’t doing so just yet. From the official statement:
At this point no charges have been filed against anyone, but the investigation into both reported incidents– including who was driving the Mercedes and what car struck the Murano — is ongoing. The investigation will seek to determine whether there is any connection between the reported incidents. No connection has yet been definitively established.
A state trooper did tell Boston.com that the hit-and-run is under investigation, that charges will be likely, and that they have reached out to Spikes about his abandoned vehicle. Spikes’s agent and the Patriots declined comment.