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Wright OK after car accident that left car totaled

By Marla Ridenour Published: October 23, 2009

Wright knows he's lucky to be alive
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Mangini discusses Wright's accident
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Browns cornerback Eric Wright escaped without major injury after his Mercedes flipped and rolled several times at 2:10 a.m. Friday as he merged from Interstate-77 South to Interstate-490 West on his way home from a concert in Cleveland.

Wright said he climbed out the back window of his 2007 white Mercedes CLS550 with the help of a trucker who stopped. Police spokesman Thomas Stacho said Wright told the responding officer he was traveling 60 mph.

"This is probably one of the scariest moments I've had in my life," Wright said after the Browns practice Friday afternoon. "It puts a lot of stuff in perspective. You can look at it a lot of different ways, but I just feel blessed to still be here."

Stacho said the accident report, still incomplete, said the car sustained ''total damage,'' but that Wright was wearing his lap and shoulder harness. Stacho said the air bags did not deploy.

''It's a testament to wearing your seat belt,'' Stacho said.

Stacho said wet road conditions and unsafe speed contributed to the accident. The report indicated that ''no alcohol or drugs were suspected.''

Wright was treated and released at MetroHealth Medical Center. What was left of the car was towed.

Browns coach Eric Mangini said after Wright arrived at team headquarters Friday morning he was sent to the hospital for further tests, but was back in Berea by the start of Mangini's 10:30 a.m. press conference. Wright was riding an exercise bike on the side when practice began.

''We're hopeful he can play and we're happy he's safe,'' Mangini said of Sunday's home game against Green Bay. Mangini said if healthy, Wright will start against the Packers.

Mangini said the Browns are in contact with the police and seemed confident there was no substance abuse involved.

''The information I've gotten, which is good information, it was just an accident,'' Mangini said. ''It was wet, there was nothing else to it.

''You never want anybody to be in an accident. I wouldn't necessarily be out at 2:10 in the morning, but we don't have curfew year-round. I'd much rather everyone be home studying and doing those types of things, but everyone's different. There are no team rules based on that.''

Several Browns attended a Jay-Z concert at Cleveland State's WolsteinCenter. Wright was on his way home from the concert when the accident happened.

"It's the same route I take home from the downtown area anytime I'm down there," Wright said. "Down there is a typical drive from me. It was just wet."

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