- Associated Press - Thursday, September 9, 2010

BOSTON (AP) - Officials say a Massachusetts driver whose van collided with a car driven by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has had his driver’s license suspended at least five times.

Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles spokeswoman Ann Dufresne (doo-FRAYN’) says the driver’s license of 21-year-old Ludgero (loo-ZHEHR’-oh) Rodrigues was suspended at least five times in three years. She says that includes a 180-day suspension last year after he was arrested for operating under the influence and refused to take a blood-alcohol test.

Police say Rodrigues was cited Thursday for failing to stop at a red light.

A police report says Rodrigues was driving a Mercury Villager minivan that struck Brady’s Audi sedan in Boston’s Back Bay area. A passenger in the minivan was seriously injured. Brady was unhurt.


A telephone listing for Rodrigues can’t be found.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

BOSTON (AP) _ New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was in a two-car accident near his home Thursday morning but was unhurt and hours later practiced as usual with his team just days before the season opener.

The crash, at an intersection in Boston’s Back Bay area, knocked over a light pole and sent a passenger in the other vehicle to the hospital with injuries that were serious but not considered life-threatening, a police report said.

A witness told The Associated Press that the two-time Super Bowl MVP was approaching the intersection on a green light when his black Audi sedan collided with a minivan.

The 21-year-old driver of the Mercury Villager minivan, Ludgero Rodrigues, was cited Thursday for failing to stop at a red light, based on witnesses statements, police said. Two other people in the minivan were able to exit and had no visible injuries, they said.

A telephone listing for Rodrigues could not immediately be found Thursday.

The police report, which did not name Brady, said the driver of the Audi had no visible injuries and was evaluated by Emergency Medical Services. It said a 49-year-old passenger had to be freed with the Jaws of Life and was taken to a hospital.

Brady’s father had just arrived in Boston from the family’s California home early Thursday and found out about the accident when he got off his flight.

“I understand he’s fine, but I haven’t talked to him,” Tom Brady Sr. told the AP outside his son’s home three blocks from the accident site.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick told the team about the accident before practice and said Brady might be a bit late, linebacker Tully Banta-Cain said.

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