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Published on April 17, 2024
Kansas City Chiefs' Rice and Former SMU Player Knox Charged, Sued for $11M After Dallas Street Racing CrashSource: Tony Webster from Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Two victims injured in a high-speed collision are taking Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice and Southern Methodist University cornerback Teddy Knox to court for a hefty sum. Edvard Petrovskiy and Irina Gromova are suing the athletes for a total of $11 million, seeking compensation for the brutal crash that left them with severe injuries. Their lawsuit was filed last Thursday in a Dallas County court, detailing the horrifying ordeal they endured when Rice, in a Lamborghini SUV, and Knox, possibly behind the wheel of a Corvette, struck their 2022 Lexus SUV while allegedly street racing.

The crash, which occurred on March 30 on North Central Expressway in Dallas, not only involved Petrovskiy and Gromova but also impacted several other motorists. Both Rice and Knox now face criminal charges, including one count of aggravated assault, one count of collision involving serious bodily injury, and six counts of collision involving injury. Glimpsed walking away from the wreckage, the pair faced further scrutiny when Sanjay Mathur, attorney for the plaintiffs, questioned their motives: "So by leaving the scene, one has to question what was it that they did not want the police to know?" Mathur told Fox 4 News. It was reported by The Dallas Express that Rice has not yet released a public statement, though a now-expired social media post showed him acknowledging his involvement.

According to the affidavit, the vehicles driven by the two athletes were going dangerously fast, with the Lamborghini clocking in at 119 miles per hour before the crash and the Corvette slowing from 116 to 91 miles per hour just before impact. The victims, who were described as ordinary commuters with "absolutely no notice as to what was about to happen" by Mathur in a statement to Fox 4 News, suffered brain trauma, lacerations, bruises, and internal bleeding.

The lawsuit aims not just to cover the $1 million in medical and associated costs but also to penalize the defendants for their alleged reckless behavior, with a demand for $10 million in punitive damages. "As a consequence, Plaintiffs herein sue Defendants for punitive damages in the amount not less than ten million dollars," reads the suit detailed by Fox 4 News. While criminal proceedings against Rice and Knox move forward, the Kansas City Chiefs announced that Rice is expected to stay on the field for offseason training, whereas SMU has issued a suspension to Knox following the incident.

Despite the charges and growing legal troubles for Rice and his once-SMU counterpart, multiple other victims of the collision might soon join Petrovskiy and Gromova in their legal battle, chasing justice for a chaotic event that has left indelible scars on all involved. The outcome of this case remains to be seen, but the ramifications of the decisive moment when two vehicles tore through the ordinariness of bustling city traffic, changing lives forever, are now laid bare in court documents and the pursuit of recompense.