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Carolina Panthers WR Jerricho Cotchery empathizes with Cam Newton

Carolina Panthers receiver Jerricho Cotchery knows what it’s like to be in a car accident and have the vehicle flip multiple times. So he can empathize with Cam Newton.

Newton was injured Tuesday when his pickup truck was struck and flipped on Church Street, near Bank of America Stadium.

In the spring of 1998, before his 16th birthday, Cotchery was involved in an accident when the car he was in blew a tire flipped. Cotchery was a passenger and suffered cuts to his arms, hands and head.

The driver, Brian Talley, died after being thrown from the car. Talley was not wearing a seatbelt.

“Any time you’re talking about a car flipping and things of that nature, I know firsthand what that’s like, when you go through that experience,” Cotchery said. “You just think about how he’s doing mentally. It was a life-threatening situation, and being injured in a life-threatening situation. You just hope he’s doing well mentally. He’s doing well physically. You hope he’s doing well mentally with going through that. I have that experience of being able to talk about, if it comes about.”

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