Kevin Hart issued a statement about the car accident that left him and others severely injured as California Highway Patrol released details of its investigation into the crash.
Jared Black was turning on to Mulholland Highway near Malibu early on Sept. 1 when he accelerated and lost control while driving the comic actor’s 1970 Plymouth Barracuda, the report from the California Highway Patrol said on Thursday. Hart and Black’s fiancee, Rebecca Broxterman, were also in the car as passengers.
The car then careened down an embankment and slammed into a tree, the report said. Evidence from an examination of the Plymouth suggested no one had been wearing seatbelts.
“I have nothing but love for Jared and wish him and Rebecca a speedy recovery,” Hart said in a statement released through his attorney later Thursday.
Authorities previously said that Hart, 40, and Black, 28, suffered major back injuries while Broxterman, 31, had less serious injuries.
Hart’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the actor is doing OK, still recovering from his injuries and doing physical therapy at home. Hart is limiting his professional commitments but expects to be back at work by the beginning of next year, Brettler said.
Kevin Hart issued a statement about his life-threatening Sept. 1 car accident.
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According to reports, Hart returned to work to promote “Jumanji: The Next Level” earlier this week, but was taking it very slow and easy while he heals.
The report reiterated that Black was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It said he violated the law, but did not say whether charges were likely.
The CHP redacted the statements given to investigators by the three people involved, along with all details about their injuries.
No other cars were involved in the crash.
Black made a right turn at about 12:45 a.m. on to Mulholland Highway in the Barracuda that had recently been modified and modernized and had a 6.4 Liter Hemi V-8 supercharged engine, the report said. His quick acceleration caused the right rear tire to break traction and he lost control.
The car crossed the oncoming lane of the two-lane highway and went down the steep embankment, knocking down a vinyl fence before hitting the tree head-on — so hard it was uprooted and rolled down the hill, the report said.
Kevin Hart says he’s expected to get back to work early next year after details of his Sept. 1 car accident were revealed.
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The back of the car flew upward and the roof also hit the tree, severely smashing it, investigators said. The sides were also smashed, and some doors couldn’t be opened.
Black and Broxterman were trapped inside and had to be removed by first responders, who took them to a hospital.
Hart got out of the car and quickly left the scene, the report said. The CHP previously said he headed to his nearby home seeking medical help, and was later also hospitalized.
A witness who saw the crash called 911 and said a man who appeared to be Hart “looked like he’s hurting,” according to a recording previously released by the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Hart, a Philadelphia native who became a standup comedy standout and in recent years has emerged as a major movie star. “Jumanji: The Next Level” is scheduled for release in December.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.