The life and career of actor and comedian Kevin Hart were in serious jeopardy after his car crashed in September. What did the Hollywood star do wrong behind the wheel? Nothing. He was the passenger.
The California Highway Patrol said Jared Stanton Black was driving Hart’s 1970 Plymouth Barracuda in Malibu when the muscle car struck a curb and vinyl fence, hurdled down an embankment and hit a tree.
Hart suffered a fractured spine in three places and subsequently had surgery. He is expected to make a full recovery after extensive physical therapy. Black and a second passenger, Rebecca Kathleen Broxterman, suffered minor injuries.
Reckless driving, reckless decision?
Hart spoke graciously after the accident, saying in a statement: “I have nothing but love for Jared and wish him and Rebecca a speedy recovery.”
Police were less forgiving, accusing Black of reckless driving. They said the accident happened because Black “quickly accelerated” and lost control of the vehicle.
In California, reckless driving is defined as “a person who drives a vehicle upon a highway in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.” Black has not been formally charged with any crime, however.
Under state law, a conviction when people are injured can result in 30 days to six months in jail and/or a fine of $220 to $1,000. The conviction adds two points to a driver’s license, a possible license suspension for six months and likely will lead to higher insurance costs.
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