Father: Ex-Redskins QB Brennan 'far from being alert' after crash

Colt Brennan is "heavily sedated," his father told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Sunday, two days after a car accident left the former Washington Redskins quarterback hospitalized.

"He's far from being alert," Terry Brennan said, contradicting what a family spokeswoman reportedly said Saturday. "There's no real conversation with him other than he acknowledges we're here (with hand gestures). He hasn't been able to speak. He'll moan and groan, and maybe point to his neck brace. It's uncomfortable. They have tubes and IVs. He has not conversed at all."

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An unidentified family member told the Star-Advertiser on Saturday that Colt Brennan broke a cheekbone, an orbital bone, ribs and collarbone and also suffered a punctured lung in the Friday crash on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Terry Brennan said his son was removed from a ventilator Saturday afternoon and soon could have an operation on his collarbone.

Brennan, 27, was a passenger in a sport-utility vehicle driven by his girlfriend, Shakti Stream, when the 27-year-old Kona woman crossed the center line on Queen Kaahumanu Highway near Makalawena around 9:30 a.m. local time Friday and collided head-on with a sedan driven by a 47-year-old Waikoloa woman, police said.

Brennan was taken to Kona Community Hospital after the accident, then transported to The Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu for further medical treatment. He originally was listed in serious condition, then was upgraded to stable.

Stream also was taken to Kona Community Hospital for treatment on a broken collarbone, the Star-Advertiser reported Saturday. The unidentified woman was transported to North Hawaii Community Hospital.

Police opened two negligent injury investigations. The cause of the crash was under investigation, and it wasn't known if speed, alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash, police said.

The Star-Advertiser cited a source in reporting Saturday that Stream told police her brakes malfunctioned. A source said speed wasn't a factor in the crash.

Brennan, who finished third in the voting for the 2007 Heisman Trophy while at the University of Hawaii, was the Redskins' 2008 sixth-round draft pick. He was released by the Redskins before the start of training camp this year. He then was signed and later released by the Oakland Raiders, and last month, he had a workout with the Houston Texans.

Brennan developed a solid fan base in Washington despite never playing in a regular-season game in two seasons. He spent 2009 on injured reserve after hip surgery, then had knee surgery in March, which set him further back.

While at Hawaii, Brennan became the NCAA career leader in touchdown passes, throwing 131 from 2005 to 2007.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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