RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – N.C. State has dismissed running back Shadrach Thornton from its football program following a moped incident Tuesday night, school officials confirmed.
Associate Athletics Director Fred Demarest confirmed the dismissal.
Thornton was arrested after police said he struck a pedestrian while riding a moped on Avent Ferry Road and left the scene.
“It’s an unfortunate set of circumstances, but we’ve made the decision to dismiss Shadrach from our program,” said head coach Dave Doeren. “We will continue to support him academically and help him earn his degree.”
Raleigh police said Thornton was riding a moped north on the sidewalk along Avent Ferry Road around 9:20 p.m. Thornton hit a 23-year-old man walking south on the sidewalk.
The collision caused the victim to be knocked down an embankment and suffer cuts and scrapes, police said.
Thornton fled the scene, according to Raleigh police.
The victim is expected to be OK.
Thornton was charged with failure to give information and aid to the person injured, driving on a sidewalk and failure to register a motor vehicle, Raleigh police said.
During a teleconference Wednesday, Doeren said he found out about the Thornton situation late Tuesday night.
Doeren was asked how the team will avoid the distraction the arrest will create.
“As a team, we have to stick together…There’s always a lot of adversity in college football,” Doeren said. “We will deal with it and persevere.”
Thornton just returned to action against Old Dominion this season after serving his most recent two-game suspension.
Before the season started, the running back was suspended for two games for a violation of athletic department rules.
A team spokeswoman said the unspecified violation from earlier this year happened during the spring semester.
That was the third suspension for Thornton, who sat out the 2013 opener after being charged with misdemeanor assault on a female.
In December 2013, head coach Dave Doeren suspended him after authorities cited him for drug possession.
Thornton is on track to graduate in the spring, school officials said.