LINCOLN — Nebraska junior kicker Mauro Bondi suffered a broken collarbone and was hospitalized Thursday night after losing control of his motorcycle in north Lincoln, police said.
Bondi, transported to Bryan LGH West by a roommate, told Lincoln police that he was traveling about 45 mph on Alvo Road just west of 1st Street when he apparently lost control while navigating a curve and then hit the curb, according to the accident report. Police became aware of the incident at 6:35 p.m.
Bondi, 21, was cited for negligent driving and operating a motorcycle without a valid license.
The police report stated that Bondi, who was wearing a helmet, sustained injuries to his left shoulder and upper arm region. He was treated for a broken collarbone and multiple abrasions at the hospital, police said.
The motorcycle, a 2004 Suzuki GSK-R600, was totaled, according to the report.
Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini released a short statement about the accident Friday afternoon:
“Mauro Bondi was involved in a motorcycle accident on Thursday evening and suffered a broken clavicle in addition to bumps and bruises. We wish him the best for a quick recovery.”
Bondi converted his only field-goal attempt this season, and is still competing with freshman Drew Brown for the top job. But Bondi’s made key contributions as the team’s kickoff specialist.
The Huskers have recorded 14 touchbacks on kickoffs, which ranks eighth nationally (Bondi’s kicked 12 of those). Nebraska ranked sixth nationally in touchbacks thanks to Bondi’s 48 kickoffs into the end zone last season.