'Hogan' star Nick Hogan released from hospital, may have been racing
By Christopher Rocchio and Steve Rogers, 08/27/2007
Road racing may have played a role in the Sunday evening car crash that injured Hogan Knows Best co-star Nick Hogan, who has now been discharged from the same hospital in which his passenger still remains hospitalized in critical condition.
Police allege Nick Bollea, the 17-year-old son of wrestling star Terrence "Hulk Hogan" Bollea, was speeding in a Toyota Supra around 7:30PM on Sunday in Clearwater, FL when he lost control and hit a raised median, spinning the vehicle and causing its rear end to strike a palm tree, Tampa Bay's WTSP-TV CBS affiliate reported Monday.
"We just saw two cars fly by. It looked they were definitely racing... definitely taking off very fast," eyewitness Larry Johnson told WTSP.
"We [saw] a similar car that was racing the silver [Dodge] Viper we'd seen, so it was weird when we recognized it was Hulk's son's Supra," Rabih Cheaib, another eyewitness, told WTSP.
Both Nick and his passenger -- 22-year-old Dunedin, FL-resident John J. Graziano -- were extracted from the wreck via the Jaws of Life. Nick was released Monday morning from St. Petersburg's Bayfront Medical Center with "non-life threatening injuries," according to WTSP, however Graziano remains in critical condition.
Police are continuing their investigation into the crash and no charges have been filed yet, WTSP reported.
Nick has received three speeding tickets in the last year, according to Florida state driving records obtained by TMZ. Last September, he was ticketed for driving 105 MPH in a 70 MPH zone in Collier County. In February, he was cited for driving 57 MPH in a 30 MPH zone in Dade County. In April, he was ticketed for driving 106 MPH in a 70 MPH zone in Osceola County.
According to the St. Petersburg Times, Pinellas Park, FL police also cited Nick for a fourth speeding offense on August 10 -- a 82 MPH in a 45 MPH zone violation that, due to its pending court status, does not yet appear on his state record. The Hogan Knows Best co-star is reportedly due to appear in court on September 10 for the Pinellas Park offense, which also took place in a construction zone that had workers present.