THOMPSON didn't brake or take evasive action before crash


Tuesday, May 22nd 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6



OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Oklahoma cornerback Michael Thompson was driving his 1994 pickup truck at 70 mph, 20 mph over the speed limit, when his vehicle left the roadway and smashed into a tree, according to a police report released Monday.

The 20-year-old Thompson, who was critically injured in the May 3 crash, was released from the hospital on May 11.

The report said there was no indication that he hit the brakes or tried to steer away from the tree. No skid marks were found at the scene of the crash.

The trooper investigating the crash did not detect any evidence or odor of alcohol or drugs and Thompson was not tested.

Among Thompson's injuries were a broken leg, broken ankle, broken jaw, a pelvic injury that caused internal bleeding, a cut that damaged a hamstring and cuts to his knees. He underwent eight hours of surgery.

Thompson started in all 13 games as a sophomore for the national champions. He was selected to the academic All-Big 12 first team as a sophomore. As a freshman, he was named to the Big 12 Conference Commissioner's honor roll.