The University of Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino and his female companion did not want a passerby to call 911 following the coach’s motorcycle accident. He then received a ride back to Fayetteville and was greeted by a state trooper who is in charge of the coach’s personal security when the football season is in progress.
On Friday, state police released a tape of the 911 call that was placed in the aftermath of the coach’s accident. Larry Hendren, the passerby, said he came upon a scene of an accident on Sunday evening, just when Coach Petrino and his companion Jessica Dorrell, a university employee, were standing up in a ditch. He described Petrino as walking around with a bloodied face.
Hendren said the driver and passenger told us not to call 911 and left in a vehicle to go to the hospital. Petrino was taken to somewhere in Fayetteville by another car where Dorrell left in her car, while Petrino met with Lance King a Captain with the State Police. Petrino was taken to the hospital by King. He was treated at the hospital for a cracked vertebra in his neck and broken ribs.
On Friday, state police said they would question King about his involvement to try to find out more about what happened with regard to the crash. These new developments come at a time when Jeff Long, the Athletic Director of Arkansas is trying to decide the future of Petrino, who is receiving a salary of over $3.5 million.
What has everyone upset is why the coach felt it was necessary to not mention that Dorrell was with him at the time of the accident.