Former Houston Rockets player Steve Francis has beaten his 2017 hit and run case.
According to the complaint obtained by Bossip, alleged victim Alfred Cerino said Francis rear-ended him in early December 2017 in Houston. Instead of stopping Francis waved Cerino off the highway. Francis never pulled over but fled the scene, with Cerino in following behind him, according to the complaint. Francis eventually pulled up to his home in a Houston suburb. Cerino said he got out and began taking pictures of Francis’ car and asked for his insurance information, allegedly enraging the former point guard.
Cerino said Francis “spazzed out” and slapped his hand, causing him to drop the phone, and when it fell on the ground, Francis stomped on it, which caused major damage. Francis then ran into his house and refused to come out, prompting Cerino to call the cops, according to court papers. The case was supposed to head to trial but kept getting pushed back, and Francis’ charges were eventually downgraded to “failure to stop and give information,” and vehicle damage greater than $200.
On Feb 19 a judge dismissed the case after being asked by the District Attorney’s office to dismiss that case asked the judge dismiss the case after Francis said he’d paid Cerino restitution.
Steve Francis was the 1999-2000 NBA rookie of the year and played in the NBA for nine seasons and was a three-time All-Star winner with the Houston Rockets. Francis also played for the Orlando Magic and The New York Knicks ending his basketball career with the Bejing Ducks.