A University of Iowa football player is in stable condition after a moped accident Thursday afternoon.
According to a release from the University of Iowa, Dalton Shaull, a walk-on linebacker from Oskaloosa, Iowa, was involved in an accident on Thursday afternoon in the Iowa City area. The release said he is being treated at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Iowa City Police Sgt. Brian Krei said the accident occurred around 4:46 p.m. Thursday when a moped, driven by Shaull, rear-ended a car in the right lane along Highway 1 in Iowa City, east of Mormon Trek Boulevard. Krei said the accident involved personal injury, though it is unclear whether Shaull was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. Krei said no citation was issued.
A photo posted to Shaull's Facebook page shows him in a neck brace, giving the camera a thumbs-up.
Shaull is a redshirt freshman. The Iowa football program began summer workouts the first week of June.
Hawkeyes have a history of close-calls with mopeds, including former offensive lineman Josh Koeppel, who survived a crash at the intersection of Burlington and Gilbert Streets in Iowa City, without a helmet, in Sept. 2010. Though he was taken to the hospital to be checked out, he walked away with scrapes, bruises, and some pain. That incident was caught on the dash cam of an Iowa City police car.
After Koeppel's close call, Ferentz said the moped use of his players concerns him.
“I’ve been worried for 11 years on a couple fronts,” Ferentz said in 2010. “First of all, very few (of his many players who drive mopeds) wear helmets. That’s the number one concern. Secondly, they’re just not protected whether they’re on a motorcycle or moped.”
Though a coach could try to ban players from using the vehicles, Ferentz has also said, previously, that he wasn't sure if he would be able to, and likely wouldn't consider it due to the severe parking issues on campus. Regardless, he said he encourages players to use them safely."I just try to encourage them to be careful. I encourage them to wear helmets, but I haven’t been very successful on that front,” Ferentz said after the Koeppel incident.