Legal trouble for NBA player Haywood Highsmith after car accident

Miami Heat forward Haywood Highsmith is being sued by a 21-year-old man he crashed into earlier this month. The man claims that Highsmith’s reckless driving resulted in his leg being partially amputated. Alekxei Pino alleges that he was assisting a stranded motorist in Miami on Feb. 6 when Highsmith, driving a 2021 Audi A5, struck him. According to the lawsuit, Highsmith was speeding, causing Pino to undergo an amputation above the knee. The accident report obtained by TMZ revealed that Highsmith was traveling 45 mph in a 40 mph zone and Pino suffered a fractured left leg and possible broken arm. Highsmith was uninjured in the crash. Pino and his lawyer are seeking unspecified damages, estimated to be over $50,000. Police ruled out drugs and alcohol, but Highsmith was cited for careless driving. Despite causing the accident, Highsmith acted quickly to tend to Pino’s injuries, applying a tourniquet and staying until first responders arrived. This incident comes on the heels of Highsmith’s third season with the Miami Heat, where he has started 24 of 40 games and is averaging 5.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game.