Monday, March 24, 2008

Hogans Know Lawsuit

7 months after John Graziano was brutally injured in a car accident where his friend Nick Hogan was behind the wheel (allegedly street racing), the Graziano family has formally launched a lawsuit against the Hogan parents (Hulk and Linda) and Nick himself claiming that they were negligent on the night of the accident and are directly liable for John's injuries. Nick hasn't going on trial yet for any criminal charges that have been brought against him but the Graziano family must've felt the time to wait is over ... the papers have been filed, the lawsuit is underway:

Photo credit: Splash News

The family of John Graziano, the man injured in Nick Hogan's August 2007 street racing crash, has filed suit against Hulk, Linda and Nick Hogan alleging they were negligent and are directly liable for the wreck that seriously injured the former Marine. According to court papers filed today in Pinellas County, Fla. Circuit Court by Graziano's court-appointed guardian Peter Musante, Hulk and Linda (whose real names are Terry and Linda Bollea) should be held legally responsible for their son's accident. In the suit, Musante also says Hulk purchased alcohol the day of the accident -- August 26 -- and that Hulk "knew or should have known" Nick was driving under the influence of the crash and he failed to take appropriate action. The lawsuit also names Daniel Jacobs, who was driving the Viper that night, as a co-defendant. He pleaded no contest to reckless driving last month.

Whoa! I don't think I heard about the Hulk buying alcohol part of the story. If true, then he should deffo be held responsible, at least in part, for the outcome of the events from that tragic night. I do not understand the whole notion of parents buying booze for their kids ... especially for a kid who loves to operate motor vehicles like Nick Hogan does (it is no secret that he loves to race cars, he has been cited numerous times before this accident for speeding, etc.). I imagine this is going to be a long, drawn out process that may or may not result in criminal prosecution. I suspect the Graziano family will not rest until some form of monetary relief comes their way. In light of this new development, no word has come out as to how John has been doing lately. Last I heard he was still hospitalized. No amount of legal wrangling can undo the damage done on that fateful night, I can only hope that some relief can come from any of these new developments. [Source]