Miami-Dade County

Jury: UPS must pay $5 million to former UM player hurt in car crash

A jury on Friday ordered UPS to pay $5 million to a former University of Miami football player severely injured in a crash with a company driver.

Rasheed Ali, 30, now a music label executive, was idle at a stoplight in North Miami Beach in 2013 when a UPS truck, making a turn, smashed into his Mercedes head on.

“It ripped his shoulder out of place, he had to have surgery. Five months later, he had part of his lower back fused. He’s going to have permanent injuries the rest of his life,” said lawyer Judd Rosen, who tried the case with Brett Rosen and Willie Gary.

The parcel-delivery company admitted liability in the crash. After a week-long civil trial in Miami-Dade Circuit, a jury awarded the damages Friday afternoon.

In the early 2000s, Ali starred as a running back and track star at Westminster High before he was recruited to the University of Miami. In recent years, Ali has made a name for himself as the CEO of Timeless Records, which boasts as its main star Miami reggae star Shifta.