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$1 million suit against Ezekiel Elliott to be handled by insurance company

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott said he has learned from his experiences of the past year and heads into the 2018 season in better shape mentally and physically.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott said he has learned from his experiences of the past year and heads into the 2018 season in better shape mentally and physically. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

A $1 million lawsuit filed against Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott over a 2017 car crash will be handled by the insurance company, according to Elliott’s attorney Frank Salzano.

Ronnie Hill, the man who was involved in the car accident when Elliott ran a red light and crashed into the passenger’s side of Hill’s BMW 7 Series on Jan. 11, 2017, is suing to cover medical costs stemming from the crash.

In the filing, Hill said he has “suffered, and continues to suffer, serious, life-altering injuries and damages.”

Salzano released a statement Thursday afternoon, saying the matter is between Hill and the insurance company and not Elliott himself. He said expects the insurance provider to handle it.

Mr. Elliott was only named personally because Texas is not a ‘direct action state, which means that a claimant cannot file directly against the insurance company but must first name the individual insured (Elliott) in order to trigger the insurance coverage,” Salzano wrote. “That is exactly what occurred here. We expect Mr. Elliott’s insurance provider to step in accordingly and handle the matter appropriately.”

Hill’s attorney Quentin Brogdon seems to be thinking similarly, intimating that the hold up involves the insurance company and that his client filed the suit “only very reluctantly” because he considers himself a big Cowboys fan.

“Zeke Elliott, to his credit, admitted at the scene that he ran the red light,” Brogdon said to NBC 5. “Zeke Elliott, as far as we know, has not impeded in any way the agreed resolution or settlement of these legal claims. Almost two years have now passed and there’s been more than enough time and more than enough information provided for this claim to get resolved.”

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is excited about the prospect of a new season as he talks to the media for the first time at training camp in Oxnard, CA, Friday, July 27, 2018.

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