NFL Player Charged with Assault in Virginia

By Peter DePaolis

Last week, Washington Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth, allegedly assaulted another driver on the Fairfax County Parkway. As a result of the road rage incident, Fairfax police expect Haynesworth to turn himself into authorities.

At approximately 9:15 a.m. last Wednesday, the other driver involved in the incident made a hand gesture at Haynesworth, who was in the vehicle behind him. The driver believed that Haynesworth was tailgating him. The two vehicles stopped at a red light when Haynesworth allegedly got out of his vehicle, walked to the driver’s side window and struck the driver in the nose. The driver was treated and released from a local hospital.

Haynesworth has a history of aggressive behavior on the road and on the football field, as well. In March 2009, he was speeding at over 100 mph in his Ferrari when it struck another vehicle. The other driver suffered partial paralysis, and Haynesworth received an indictment on two traffic charges.

During a football game in October 2006, Haynesworth removed the helmet of an opposing player and stomped on the player’s head. The player required 30 stitches to his head as a result. The NFL commissioner suspended Haynesworth for five games.

Road rage is becoming more common on the roads today. If you suffer injuries at the hands of another driver, a Northern Virginia personal injury lawyer can help. Contact Thomas McWeeney, a Virginia personal injury attorney at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.