Tar Heels star Maye avoids injury in scary car accident

unchoops-mayeNorth Carolina forward Luke Maye, one of the heroes of the Tar Heels’ 2017 NCAA tournament men’s basketball championship, was uninjured after his car flipped several times and came to rest upside down on a North Carolina Interstate.

Maye’s parents told the Charlotte Observer that their son walked away with no more than a few bumps and bruises in Thursday’s accident. The car was totaled.

“Yes, Luke had a car accident this afternoon coming home for his brother’s middle school graduation,” Mark Maye, a former standout quarterback for the Tar Heels in the 1980s, said in a text message to the newspaper on Thursday night. “Was very fortunate. Thank the good Lord he is fine. Put a real scare in him — and us.”

Aimee Maye, Luke’s mother, told the Charlotte Observer on Friday morning that her son did not have to go to the hospital for evaluation “because he was clearly fine at the scene.”

Mark Maye said no one else was hurt in the wreck on Interstate 85, where the accident occurred as his son drove alone from Chapel Hill, N.C., back toward the family’s home outside of Charlotte. Mark Maye picked his son up from the accident scene about an hour away.

“He did run into an 18-wheeler and spun his car around, landing on a bank beside the road,” Mark Maye said in another text message to the newspaper. “Damaged the car pretty bad, but he (Luke) said he feels perfectly fine.”

Luke Maye made the game-winning basket against Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament last season in the Tar Heels’ 75-73 Elite Eight win over the Wildcats, scoring a career-high 17 points. Two days earlier, he established his previous career high of 16 points against Butler in the Sweet 16.

Maye will be a junior next season and is projected to be a starter for the Tar Heels. He averaged 5.5 points and 3.9 rebounds as a reserve forward in 2016-17.

Photo courtesy of UNC Athletics

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