Ex-NBA Player faces up to five years in prison

A preliminary hearing into hit-and-run charges against a one-time NBA player Duane Washington was waived today in Grand Haven District Court.

Washington will stand trial for allegedly striking 70-year-old Estella Vitins, as the Sparta woman was wandering on the shoulder of I-96 east of Fruitport on September 18th, and then driving off.

On September 19, 2012, Washington was charged with failing to stop at the scene of an accident causing injury after allegedly hitting a 70 year old woman with his car on September 18 and leaving the scene of the accident.

The alleged accident occurred along I-96 in Crockery Township, Michigan, near Spring Lake. The woman is currently recovering from her injuries. Washington, an elder brother of NBA guard Derek Fisher, could face up to five years in prison if convicted.

Washington played at Laredo Junior College, in Laredo, Texas, and Middle Tennessee State University before being taken with the 13th pick of the second round of the 1987 NBA Draft by the Washington Bullets. He is a graduate of Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School.

Washington’s brief NBA career consisted of 19 games spanning two seasons: in 1987-88 with the New Jersey Nets and in 1992-93 with the Los Angeles Clippers.

In October 1988, while a member of the Nets, Washington was suspended for two years for violating the substance-abuse agreement.

Washington played only 15 games in his 1987-88 rookie season for the New Jersey Nets, scoring 54 points (3.6 ppg), handing out 34 assists (2.3 apg) in just 10 minutes of playing time.

Washington came back to the NBA in 1992-1993, appearing in 4 games for the Los Angeles Clippers. In those 4 games, he grabbed 2 rebounds, dished out 5 assists in overall 28 minutes of playing time. Washington averaged 2.8 ppg, 2.1 apg, 9.7 mpg in 19 NBA games.


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