PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia 76ers player Kelly Oubre Jr. continues to make progress since reporting he was injured in a hit-and-run over the weekend, according to a spokesperson for the team. However, police say their investigation has stalled, because they cannot find any evidence of Oubre being hit by a car.
Oubre reported the incident Saturday night around 7:30 near 15th and Spruce streets. He said he was struck by a speeding silver car, which came westbound on Spruce Street and turned south on Hicks Street — the driver’s side mirror hitting him in the chest and breaking his rib. Oubre also had injuries to his hip and right leg.
Officials said they sent detectives who specialize in obtaining video surveillance to do a grid search, canvassing the area from the intersection outward for a few blocks in every direction. They said they cannot find any video that shows a speeding car, any vehicle that fits the description — or Oubre himself. They also say they cannot find any eyewitnesses to the crash.
Investigators emphasized that they are not accusing Oubre of wrongdoing.
Before Wednesday’s game, Sixers head coach Nick Nurse said, “I don’t think it’s very fair to him to say that he’s made up some story. I just don’t. I’m gonna believe him at his word. ... I don’t have any reason not to believe him.”
While Philly police couldn’t find video of the incident, TMZ reportedly got ahold of video showing the aftermath. TMZ released Ring doorbell footage it says is from Oubre’s apartment as he returned that night. It shows him wincing in pain as he walks his bike into the front door and tells his wife that he was hit by a car.
She called 911, according to TMZ, and medics took Oubre to the hospital. The report says a big part of the issue, in this case, is that Oubre came to Philadelphia in September and is new to the area, so he may not have been able to give police an accurate location of where the hit-and-run happened.
The 27-year-old guard was in the hospital over the weekend. The Sixers spokesperson said Oubre has resumed light practice activity and hopes to play again soon.
Police continue to ask the public to call in with any information they may have to help in the investigation.