Diver Bruce Kimball, an Olympic silver medalist charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, won't be barred from this month's Olympic Trials, the head of the sport's governing body says.
Kimball, 25, was released on $10,000 bond Tuesday about 12 hours after a car he was driving hit three other vehicles and then plowed into a group of teen-agers standing on a dead-end road in eastern Hillsborough County. Two were killed and six injured.Kimball returned to the home where his family is spending the summer, and both he and his father declined to comment.
"I really don't want to talk about it," said Kimball's father, long-time University of Michigan diving coach Dick Kimball, a former U.S. Olympic coach who operates a diving camp in Brandon each summer.
While it isn't known if the former University of Michigan diver still plans to compete in the Olympic Trials Aug. 17-21 in Indianapolis, a statement released by U.S. Diving said there is nothing in the organization's rules to forbid Kimball from trying to earn a spot on the team.
Kimball, who finished second in platform diving at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, recovered from injuries sustained in an automobile crash in 1981 to develop into one of the nation's top performers in his event.
"I'm saddened by the news and feel terrible for the families involved," Todd Smith, executive director of U.S. Diving, said in a statement released in Indianapolis. "Regarding Bruce's situation as it applies to U.S. Diving, the accident at this point has no effect on his eligibility for the Olympic Trials.
Kimball was given a blood-alcohol test after the accident late Monday night, but Hillsborough County Sheriff's spokesman Jack Espinosa said authorities may not receive results from a state laboratory in Jacksonville for two weeks.
According to an arrest affidavit, Kimball admitted that he drank at least four beers earlier in the evening.
Espinosa said Kimball was estimated to be driving between 70 and 90 mph at the time of the accident on a road local teen-agers refer to as "The Spot."
Kevin Martin Gossic, 16, of Brandon and Robbie Bedell, 19, of East Hillsborough were killed. Six others were taken to area hospitals.
One of them, Raymond Kerker, 16, of Brandon was listed in fair condition at Tampa General Hospital on Tuesday after surgeons reattached a leg that was nearly severed in the accident.
The other injured were taken to Brandon Humana Hospital. April Bruffy, 18, of Brandon was admitted there and listed in serious but stable condition. The others were treated and released, authorities said.
Kimball has a record of driving problems, according to officials in Florida and Kimball's home state of Michigan. Between 1983 and 1986, Kimball received six citations for violations that included speeding, disobeying traffic signals and improper passing.