May 31, 2011 in Nation/World

Singer Kingston injured in watercraft crash

Kathleen Mcgrory McClatchy

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MIAMI – Miami-born hip-hop singer Sean Kingston is in the intensive-care unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital a day after he crashed his personal watercraft into a Miami Beach bridge Sunday, authorities said.

Kingston, 21, was driving the personal watercraft with a female passenger on board when the accident occurred, said Officer Jorge Pino, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

About 6 p.m., the hip-hop and reggae singer slammed into the Palm Island Bridge, which connects the MacArthur Causeway to Palm and Hibiscus islands. Both he and the passenger were thrown into the water, Pino said.

A passing boater saw the accident and took the two on board his vessel.

“Sean Kingston is now stabilized and has moved from the trauma unit to ICU,” said Joseph Carozza, Kingston’s spokesman. “Sean’s family thanks everyone for their prayers and support during this time.”

Scores of nationally known hip-hop artists converged on Miami Beach over the weekend for Urban Beach Week.

Kingston’s first single, “Beautiful Girls,” topped the Billboard charts for three weeks in 2007. He recently toured with pop superstar Justin Bieber.

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