UPDATE: Former University of Miami football player JoJo Nicolas died a day after getting into a car crash on a Miami Beach highway.
Nicolas' brother, Abner Davis, read a statement to members of the media at a press conference at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
According to the Miami Herald, Nicolas was officially pronounced dead at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The Herald reported family members expressed gratitude to all who had reached out to them. “We would like to thank everyone for their support, community efforts, love and prayers all across the nation, ’’ Davis said in the statement.
THIS IS AN UPDATE TO A PREVIOUS STORY. An earlier story from news partner Palm Beach Post is below.
Former UM safety JoJo Nicolas suffered life-threatening injuries Tuesday when he was involved in an early morning car wreck in Miami Beach, police said.
Nicolas’ grey Lexus was headed west on the MacArthur Causeway when it crashed into the back of an 18-wheel tractor trailer and wedged under the vehicle. The accident caused the westbound lanes of the causeway to be shut down.
Nicolas was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Tuesday afternoon, Miami Beach Police Detective Vivian Hernandez told the Post that Nicolas remained in critical condition.
“Unfortunately,” she said, “it does not look very promising.”
Hours before the crash, Nicolas apparently was celebrating his upcoming birthday at Miami Beach club Mansion.
“Kickin off the bday turn up week at mansion with my brotha @2Tuckz,” he tweeted at 2:25 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Nicolas’ 25th birthday is March 3.
Hernandez said police had not determined who was at fault or if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.
News of the crash shook the UM football community, which took to social media to express hope for Nicolas’ recovery.
“Hate to see a brother in this predicament. Prayers up for JoJo and his family,” former UM safety Kacy Rodgers II said in a tweet.
“Prayers going up for jojo.. Stay strong,” Dolphins running back and UM alum Lamar Miller tweeted. UM coach Al Golden reportedly joined Nicolas’ friends and family inside a Jackson Memorial waiting room Tuesday morning.
“During this extremely difficult time for JoJo and his family, our Miami family extends our prayers to them and our hope for his recovery,” Golden said in a statement. “He is a big part of our ‘U’ family and all of us are pulling for him.”
Nicolas, who played at Miami from 2007-2011, was the recipient of UM’s Melching Leadership award during his senior year. He starting 12 games for the Hurricanes, finishing third on the team with 66 tackles and had two interceptions.
The former Homestead High star had a brief stint as a pro in 2012 after signing as an undrafted free agent with the New York Giants.