Michael Phelps involved in car crash
Swimming star, others apparently unhurt in collision
Michael Phelps' Cadillac Escalade is pictured after the Olympic champion swimmer was involved in a two-car collision Thursday night at the intersection of Calvert and Biddle Streets in Baltimore. (Baltimore Sun photo by Amy Davis / August 13, 2009)
Shortly before 9 p.m., Phelps, 24, was driving the Cadillac east in the 100 block of E. Biddle St. when he entered the intersection at the 1100 block of N. Calvert St. and collided with a Honda Accord driven north in the 1100 block of N. Calvert St. by a woman.
Two passengers in Phelps' vehicle, a female and a male, also escaped injury. It was not known where Phelps and his passengers were before the crash or where they were heading, police said.
Moments after the crash, Phelps was seen walking outside his vehicle and refused medical treatment. He and his passengers were interviewed by police at the scene and were allowed to leave when a friend showed up in an SUV about an hour after the accident.
The intersection is controlled by a traffic signal and police were investigating the crash and interviewing witnesses to determine whether one of the drivers ran a red light. There was no immediate indication that alcohol contributed to the crash that ended when the Cadillac and the Honda ended up striking an unoccupied parked car, police said.
Anthony Guglielmi, a police spokesman, said the city's traffic unit is investigating the crash.