Nick Hogan deemed "dangerous" driver, has license suspended
By Christopher Rocchio, 11/23/2007
Hogan Knows Best co-star Terrence "Hulk Hogan" Bollea was considered a danger in the wrestling ring during his prime, and now Florida officials have deemed his 17-year-old son Nick Hogan a menace on the roads.
Effective December 10, Florida officials will suspend Nick's driver's license for one year due to an April speeding violation he received in Osceola County for driving 106 MPH in a 70 MPH, The Tampa Tribunereported Wednesday.
Nick -- who was arrested earlier this month on four charges stemming from his August 26 Clearwater car crash that left his front-seat passenger in need of lifelong care -- could also see his license suspended indefinitely if he doesn't pay the fine for the April offense, The Tribune reported.
"We have the ability to suspend someone's license if we believe what they could be convicted of is a potential danger should this person remain on the road," Ann Nucatola, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles, told The Tribune. "We've deemed him dangerous to the general public on the road."
Nucatola told The Tribune that a letter informing Nick of the one-year suspension was sent to him on Monday, followed by another letter on Tuesday explaining the fine -- the amount of which was not disclosed -- he has to pay if he does not want his license suspended indefinitely.
Nick's license was already restricted in September after he pleaded no contest to speeding charges stemming from an August 10 traffic stop in Pinellas Park, in which police stopped him traveling 82 MPH in a 45 MPH construction zone that had workers present.
It was Hogan's fourth speeding offense in less than a year -- and prior to that -- his license was already restricted for six months due to the other speeding infractions, allowing him to drive during daylight hours only.
Less than a month after he was cited by Pinellas Park police, Hogan was driving a 1998 Toyota Supra -- which is owned by his father -- around 7:30PM on August 26 in Clearwater when he lost control and hit a raised median, spinning the vehicle and causing its rear end to strike a palm tree. Police allege Nick was driving 60MPH at the time of the crash in a stretch of road with a 40MPH speed limit, and several witnesses have also claimed Nick was street racing and speeding prior to the crash.
Following a more than two month investigation by police, Hogan was arrested on charges of reckless driving involving serious bodily injury; using a motor vehicle in commission of a felony; being a driver under 21 operating a vehicle with a breath-alcohol level of 0.02% or higher; and having illegal window tinting. He was subsequently released after posting $10,000 bail,
Nick's front-seat passenger -- 22-year-old U.S. Marine John Graziano -- spent several weeks in critical condition in a medically-induced coma. Graziano suffered a broken skull and is expected to need lifelong care that will probably require he spend the remainder of his life in a nursing home.
Graziano remains in critical condition at Tampa's James A. Haley VA Medical Center, George Tragos, the lawyer for Graziano's mother, told The Tribune.