TMZ is reporting that Nick Hogan turned himself into Clearwater, FL police this morning, answering a warrant for his arrest on the count of reckless driving involving serious bodily injury. On August 26th, Nick Hogan was racing a silver Dodge Viper through downtown Clearwater when he lost control of his Toyota Supra and struck a raised median and a palm tree. Hogan’s passenger, Iraqi war veteran John J. Graziano, suffered severe brain injuries and will require specialized treatment for the rest of his life. Police revealed today that Hogan was drinking alcohol that night and was traveling 20 miles over the speed limit at the time of the crash. In a prepared statement, Nick’s representative Adam Handelsman said:
Nick and the entire Hogan Bollea family are saddened that criminal charges have been filed in regards to the tragic single car accident on August 26, 2007. Nick will meet and answer these charges in the appropriate arena, a court of law. The family’s primary focus and concern still remains for the continued recovery of Nick’s longtime friend John Graziano. The Bolleas will also continue to stand by the Graziano family and help them in any way they can. The tragedy to both families is compounded by the fact that unfortunately John was not wearing his seatbelt. Thankfully, Nick was wearing his. Because of what happened to John, the entire Bollea family will make it a priority to increase public awareness about the importance of always wearing your seatbelt. There has been much speculation as to the speed and wet road conditions surrounding this accident. Although all the evidence has not been evaluated, preliminary reports from the experts indicate that this was not, in fact, a high-speed accident. Because Nick is still a juvenile and has no prior criminal record, we are disappointed that he is being charged as an adult offender. However, we are confident that the evidence will demonstrate that this was an accident. We ask all who follow these events to keep an open mind as to the facts until they have been ultimately determined. Finally, we thank all who have prayed for John’s recovery and ask for your continued support and prayers.”
No thanks, we’ll pass. Because in case you didn’t know, your client has been cited for speeding four times since getting his license two years ago. He’s the Grim Reaper with illegal tint. This wasn’t an accident, this was an eventuality. So if by “open mind” you mean that I hope his asshole gets used as a broom closet in prison, then hey, we’re in total agreement.