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KINGS' BOBBY HURLEY CRITICALLY INJURED

Published: Monday, Dec. 13 1993 12:00 a.m. MST

Sacramento Kings point guard Bobby Hurley was critically injured in a car accident but a team spokesman said his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

Hurley was thrown from his Toyota 4-Runner truck Sunday night in a two-car collision that happened about an hour after the Kings lost to the Los Angeles Clippers, 112-102.The Kings classified Hurley's condition as critical but stable.

A spokeswoman at the University of California-Davis Medical Center said the hospital would not discuss Hurley's condition until doctors finished treating him. He was still being treated and evaluated in the emergency room early today.

Team spokesman Travis Stanley said Hurley, 22, had two collapsed lungs, several broken ribs and other head, neck and back injuries. He said general manager Jerry Reynolds, who left the hospital without commenting, was "just relieved (the injuries) were not more serious than they are."

Reynolds, some of Hurley's teammates, his girlfriend and a handful of Kings fans gathered at the hospital to await word of the former Duke University star's condition.

Isaac Cramer, 21, drove straight to the hospital after hearing about the accident as he was leaving the Arco Arena parking lot.

"This is the last thing the Kings need the way their season is going," he said.

He and a small group of fans held vigil in the emergency room waiting area, along with reporters and other patients waiting for care.

Head Coach Garry St. Jean was not at the hospital.

"Saint's just as concerned as everyone else, but there's only so much you can do here," Stanley said.

Police and hospital officials said the unidentified driver of the other vehicle was in fair condition with a fractured leg. The driver, believed to be in his 40s, was removed from his 1980 Buick station wagon by emergency crews and airlifted to the same hospital.

Hurley was ejected from his truck and was found in a drainage canal next to a field. The accident happened at 9:15 p.m. PST - 65 minutes after the Kings lost to the Clippers - at the intersection of Del Paso Road and El Centro Road, about a mile from the arena.

Lt. Rich Braziel said Hurley came to a stop sign and made a left turn. The other driver, who was not using his headlights, hit Hurley's truck on the driver's side.

Braziel said Hurley was not wearing a seat belt.

A Sacramento police investigator at the scene, who did not give his name, said of the Buick: "The speed limit here is 55, and you can be assured he was going at least that."

Hurley's vehicle appeared to travel at least 100 feet after the collision. Its left front wheel and part of the axle were knocked off.

Teammate Mike Peplowski, another rookie who was one of the first people on the scene, said Hurley was conscious and recognized him. Peplowski accompanied Hurley to the hospital.

Hurley, who set the NCAA record for career assists, has been starting for the Kings this season, averaging 7.1 points and 6.1 assists. On Sunday, Hurley had seven assists but was 0-for-5 from the field in 19 minutes.

The Jersey City, N.J., player was the seventh pick in the 1993 draft. He played on Duke's championship teams of 1991 and 1992. His brother, Danny, recently left the Seton Hall team for unexplained reasons.

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