Comedian and actor Kevin Hart suffered serious injuries after his muscle car crashed on a mountainous Southern California roadway early morning on Sept. 1. According to a CBS news report, the Los Angeles County Fire Department released 911 recordings, which describe the moments after the serious injury crash. A California Highway Patrol collision report said Hart was a passenger in a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda that veered off Mulholland Highway and rolled down an embankment.
Severe Injuries and Long Recovery
Also in the vehicle were Jared Black, who was driving the vehicle, and Black’s fiancé, Rebecca Broxterman. Officials said Black was not under the influence at the time. Witnesses said Hart and Black appeared to be seriously injured and that the roof was of the totaled vehicle was crushed with smashed indoors. CHP officials said Hart, 40 and Black, 28, suffered major spinal injuries. Broxterman complained of pain.
Hart left the scene to his home, which was close by, to get medical attention. He was transported to a hospital. TMZ reports that Hart is in a “grueling stage of recovery right now” after doctors repaired three fractures to his spine. Sources close to Hart told TMZ that the surgery involved fusing the fractures, two of them in the thoracic section of the actor’s spine and one in the lumbar region. Hart is said to be in intense pain. Lumbar fractures could result in difficulties walking and, in serious cases, even partial paralysis of the arms and legs. But, doctors have said they expect Hart to make a fully recovery, even though it could be a long road back to normalcy.
Based on news reports, it appears that the investigation into this horrific crash is still ongoing. Officials say the driver in this case, Black, was not under the influence at the time. However, it is unclear why the vehicle went out of control and crashed. Was Black driving at an excessive rate of speed? Were other vehicles involved in this crash? Was there a dangerous condition on the roadway, which may have caused or contributed to this crash? Was distracted driving a factor? Did the vehicle have a defect or malfunction, which caused this crash?
We trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what caused this crash. It would also be a good idea to preserve the vehicle so experts can carefully examine whether a design flaw or vehicle defect contributed to this car accident. An experienced car accident lawyer in Los Angeles will be able to advise injured victims in such cases about their legal rights and options.