Donte Stallworth hospitalized after hot air balloon accident

NFL free agent suffers serious burns after hot air balloon crash, says agent

By Carlos Suarez - Anchor/Reporter

MIAMI - NFL free agent Donte Stallworth and his girlfriend, Soleil Guerrero, are on the road to recovery after Stallworth suffered serious burns in a hot air balloon crash.

Stallworth and two others were onboard a hot air balloon when strong winds pushed it into power lines in Homestead.

The 10-year NFL veteran won't suffer any permanent damage from the accident, said Drew Rosenhaus, Stallworth's agent.

"He's going to be OK. He has some burns, but he's going to be fine," Rosenhaus said. "He will be able to continue his NFL career. The injuries are not to the extent they will jeopardize his career."

Local 10 spoke with the father and brother of a woman, Soleil Guerrero, who was on the hot air balloon during the time of the accident.

The operator of the hot air ballon was not hurt.

Authorities said Guerrero (pictured, right) has second degree burns and was transported to Kendall Regional Hospital. A spokesperson from the hospital says both Stallworth and Guerrero are in fair condition.

Officials were packing up the balloon Saturday afternoon. It has been covered in a field.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

Stallworth played in one game last season for the New England Patriots, then went on injured reserve with an ankle injury. He has 35 career touchdown catches.

Stallworth was suspended for the 2009 season after a car he was driving struck and killed a pedestrian in South Florida that March. He spent 24 days in jail for a DUI manslaughter conviction.

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