Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cal U Football Player Awaits Sentencing D.C. Crash Precedes Off- Campus Beating

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cal U Football Player Awaits Sentencing D.C. Crash Precedes Off- Campus Beating

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One of six California University of Pennsylvania football players arrested in connection with an off-campus beating that left a man hospitalized Thursday also awaits sentencing for aggravated assault from a Washington, D.C., crash on New Year's Day that put a bicyclist into a coma, court records show.

Corey Lamont Ford, 22, of Harrisburg, a senior defensive back, was among the six players who were suspended from the university after police say they exchanged words with and then assaulted a 30- year-old man in California Borough, chanting "football strong" as they left, having punched and stomped the victim in the face.

The attack last week was the latest in a string of incidents that led Cal U on Monday to announce "a top-to-bottom review" of the school's football program, in which 19 current and former players have faced criminal charges since 2012.

Court records in the District of Columbia show that Mr. Ford was arrested in that city Jan. 1, accused of driving a BMW at a high rate of speed after drinking and then striking the bicyclist. The bicyclist struck the windshield and flew into the air before landing in the road, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Mr. Ford pleaded guilty in September to a charge of aggravated assault and is to be sentenced Dec. 2, according to court records.

D.C. Metropolitan Police said Mr. Ford, driving a borrowed BMW, was on his way to a Days Inn to pick up his girlfriend after celebrating New Year's Eve with friends, investigators said. After hitting the bicyclist in the 2800 block of M Street NW shortly before 6 a.m., Mr. Ford drove away, headed in the wrong direction on M Street before his vehicle was stopped a couple of hours later, police said.

Court records said Mr. Ford's toxicology report revealed a blood alcohol content of 0.15. He told investigators he had consumed two wine coolers and two beers, investigators said. …

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