Okine, Halapio in minor crash


UF's Jon Halapio (orange shirt) and teammate Earl Okine (blue pants) talk to officers after a single-vehicle crash on Sunday. A gallon jug is seen on the ground. (Pat Lightcap reporting for MadisonVoice.com)

Published: Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 9:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, August 29, 2011 at 12:46 a.m.

A Florida football player was cited for careless driving after he and a teammate were involved in a single-vehicle crash in Madison County on Sunday.

Neither the driver, starting redshirt sophomore guard Jon Halapio, nor the passenger, redshirt junior defensive end Earl Okine, was injured.




Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. William Grisbaum said Halapio, 20, was driving east on Interstate 10 when he got distracted with his gallon-sized jug of water and lost control of the vehicle.

Halapio's car went into the median and spun counter-clockwise, coming to a stop facing south, Grisbaum said.

Florida football spokesman Steve McClain said neither player was injured and both were back in Gainesville on Sunday night.

They are expected to practice today, McClain said.

On Saturday, Halapio wrote on Twitter that he was in Tallahassee, and Sunday afternoon he wrote that he was coming back to “gville.”

At about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, he posted this update: "God is so good. So blessed to be alive."

Players were given part of the weekend off and were expected to be at the football facilities for meetings Sunday night.

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