For the first time, the camp of slain NFL star Will Smith finally broke its silence and shared details of the road rage that took his life on Saturday.
His family’s lawyer, Peter Thomson, told reporters during a press conference on Wednesday that the case “was not a hit-and-run,” reported People.
Thomson disclosed that the late professional football player and his wife, Racquel, did not even notice that they “struck the Hummer that stopped suddenly in front of them.”
When they reportedly noticed there was no damage made, Will Smith and his wife “went about their business” and continued to move up to where the suspect, Cardell Hayes, allegedly “pulled to the shoulder.”
While noting the couple’s car’s shattered back window, Thomson pointed out that with the strong impact, his clients’ vehicle was pushed towards another car.
With what happened, both the 28-year-old suspect and the victim alighted from their vehicles. But according to Thomson, the latter’s purpose during that time was only “to find out who this guy is.”
The lawyer continued that Racquel, upon noticing that the two men were already arguing, stepped out of their vehicle to approach them and “diffuse the situation.”
When Will Smith and his wife thought everything was already fine, they reportedly went back to their car.
“The [alleged] killer follows and suddenly, two shots are fired,” Thomson narrated. “She collapses after being shot in both legs, and then the killer unloads six to eight shots into Will’s back.”
Meanwhile, Hayes’ lawyer, John Fuller, claimed he had “a strong suspicion” that the football star was “under the influence of some kind of mind-altering substance” when the road rage happened, which Thomson disputed.
According to ESPN, the statement issued by New Orleans coroner Jeffrey Rouse on Wednesday disclosed that based on the preliminary results, Will Smith suffered eight gunshot wounds, seven on his back and one on the chest.
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