UConn football player hospitalized
Published: Monday, February 25, 2013
Updated: Monday, February 25, 2013 23:02
Martin Hyppolite, a senior running back for the University of Connecticut football team, remains hospitalized after being involved in a car accident in Durham, N.H. that left one driver dead on the scene.
Bruce Larson, 74, was struck head-on by the vehicle of Ryan Marchant, 22, and was pronounced dead on the scene. Larson was a former judge who once served in the New Hampshire Circuit Court.
Merchant was transported to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and is reported to be in critical condition according to the associative press.
The accident occurred near the University of New Hampshire on Route 4 in the town of Durham. Hyppolite was a passenger in the car of Merchant. While his injuries are unknown, he is listed in serious condition in the intensive care unit at Portsmouth Regional Hospital Monday afternoon and is expected to be released in the next few days, according to The Hartford Courant.
While no charges have been filed yet, an investigation is ongoing into the accident that occurred. Recent investigative findings have suggested that Marchant’s 2004 Chrysler Sebring struck Larson’s 2000 Buick while passing a car on a two-lane highway just before 9 a.m.
Hyppolite’s football career has been called into question as some wonder if he will ever take the field again. Once a standout high school player in Wakefield, Mass., Hyppolite ran for 1,639 yards and 29 touchdowns as a senior. Hyppolite would then committed to the University of Connecticut after the departure of Donald Brown in 2008.
Hyppolite served as the back up to Lyle McCombs during the 2012-13 season after redshirting the 2009 season and missing the entirety of 2011 due to injury.
Hyppolite’s most notable moment as a Husky came against the Buffalo Bulls last fall as he took a sweep down the sideline for a 50-yard rushing touchdown, leading the Huskies to the win. Hyppolite would finish his season as the back-up full back, rushing for 69 yards on 19 carries.