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Durant High School football player injured in crash

Plant City, Florida - Two Plant City teens are recovering in the hospital after a car crash at State Road 60 and Horton Road in Eastern Hillsborough County Saturday night. 

Florida Highway Patrol says 15-year-old Jamarlon Hamilton, a sophomore standout on the Durant High School football team, was driving a 2005 Chevy SUV on Horton Road when he failed to yield the right of way while crossing SR-60.

James Williams, 63, of Delray Beach was headed eastbound on State Road 60 and hit the passenger's side of Hamilton's SUV.  Williams was taken to Brandon Regional Hospital where he was treated and released.

Both Hamilton and his passenger, 16-year-old Javonte Shaw, were flown to Tampa General Hospital where they're  both listed in serious condition.

Hamilton didn't have a license, but he has a football pedigree.  His uncle, Derrick Gainer, won two Super Bowl rings while playing with the Dallas Cowboys in the 1990s.

He is no stranger to adversity, though.  Hamilton's mother died several years ago.

"He (also) lost an uncle last year," said Hamilton's pastor, Calvin Callins, with the Greater New Hope Anointed Ministries.  "He's a very strong young man, and a lot of kids look up at him as a very strong individual."

Shaw's grandfather happened to be near the accident scene and was one of the first people to respond to the very loud crash.  He said the boys were responsive, but in bad shape.  He didn't even realize it was his grandson when he first started helping them out of the car.

Florida Highway Patrol is still trying to figure out what led up to the crash, but says charges are pending.


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