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Former Miami Hurricane Jojo Nicolas critically injured in Miami Beach car crash

Miami Beach Police have confirmed that former UM football player Jojo Nicolas was critically injured in a car crash early Tuesday morning
Miami Beach Police have confirmed that former UM football player Jojo Nicolas was critically injured in a car crash early Tuesday morning
CBS4 Miami

Former University of Miami football player Jojo Nicolas was involved in a car crash early Tuesday morning according to Miami Beach Police.

Traffic was stalled as the westbound lanes of the MacArthur Causeway were shut down after a grey Lexus crashed into the back of a semi-trailer truck and got wedged underneath the vehicle.

According to the Miami ABC affiliate Local 10, the driver of the car was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital. Miami Beach Police later identified Nicolas, 24, as the driver of the car.

Miami Beach Police Detective Vivian Hernandez told the Palm Beach Post Tuesday afternoon that Nicolas remains in critical condition.

“It does not look very promising,” Hernandez said. “He is going through testing.”

Police also said it was too early to determine what exactly caused the crash.

“At this point, we have not determined who is at fault or if alcohol was present because of the nature of (the victim's) injuries,” Hernandez said.

“Those could be contributing factors. It’s still part of the investigation,” Hernandez said. “They took measurements and that will take a little bit of time.”

Nicolas, who played defensive back for Miami from 2007-2011, tweeted early Tuesday morning that he was beginning to celebrate his upcoming 25th birthday, which is March 3.

“Kickin off the bday turn up week at mansion with my brotha @2Tuckz,” Nicolas tweeted at 2:25 a.m.

Friends and former teammates took to social media Tuesday morning to share their prayers for Nicolas.

“Hate to see a brother in this predicament. Prayers up for Jojo and his family,” former Miami safety Kacy Rodgers tweeted.

“Praying for Jojo,” said defensive end Anthony Chickillo while former UM center Tyler Horn tweeted, “Prayers are coming in for you JoJo. Keep fightin.”

“Prayers going up for jojo.. Stay strong,” Dolphins running back and UM alum Lamar Miller tweeted.

UM coach Al Golden also reportedly joined Nicolas’ friends and family inside a Jackson Memorial waiting room.

“During this extremely difficult time for JoJo and his family, our Miami family extends our prayers to them and our hope for his recovery,” Golden said in a statement. “He is a big part of our ‘U’ family and all of us are pulling for him.”

During his senior year at UM, Nicolas received the team’s Melching Leadership Award. He started 12 games for the Hurricanes, finishing third on the team with 66 tackles and two interceptions.

Nicolas was also a former standout at Homestead Senior High, where he was rated one of the top 20 players in the state of Florida by Scout.com.