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What Garrison Did

Before Fatal Crash

12/5/2006 2:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Lane GarrisonTMZ has learned that "Prison Break" star Lane Garrison has hired powerhouse defense attorney Harland Braun in connection with last Saturday's fatal car accident.

Lane was at the wheel in his Land Rover on Saturday night when it crossed a median in Beverly Hills and crashed into a tree. A 17-year-old boy sitting in the backseat was killed and two 15-year-olds were injured.

Braun tells TMZ that Garrison had never met the three teenagers before the night of the accident. Braun says Garrison was at a local supermarket earlier in the evening when the trio recognized him in the checkout line and asked him if he wanted to go to a party. Braun says Garrison went to the party and had one drink. Braun says Garrison also had one margarita at a Mexican restaurant that night, but that was the extent of his alcohol consumption. Braun tells TMZ that as Garrison was leaving the party to meet a woman at his apartment, the three teens asked to accompany him. According to sources, the boy was an only child and was extremely well liked by his peers.

Braun says Garrison has no recollection of the accident, which Braun says rendered him unconscious. In fact, Braun claims Garrison's first memory was waking up at the Century City Hospital emergency room with a taxi coupon on his lap that had been given to him by hospital staff so he could get home. Braun says he was not told by hospital personnel that someone had died. He learned of the death later from a friend, Braun says, and was "totally despondent."

Braun says a sample of Garrison's blood was taken at the hospital, but it could take several weeks before the results are in. Braun says he doubts Garrison was intoxicated, but also says, "Who knows if someone put something in his drink at the party."

Braun also says Garrison's Land Rover had been experiencing alignment issues as of late and had been pulling to one side, and added that the SUV had brake problems. Braun says he is forwarding repair receipts to the police.

According to Braun, "Nobody knows what happened, it's a mystery."

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76.

p1tey1    

If he was drunk, his career is OVER!

2697 days ago
77.

michael    

What a crock of shit! I just read that whiny ass bullshit from his lawyer...and you know what? Not one of his excuses floats more than a turd! This Lane creep was responsible for his own actions in regard to the condition of the Rover and the amount he drank. The Hollywood defense is "well, maybe they put somehting in my drink." Well numb nuts...should have thought that BEFORE you put it in your body. This crap has got to stop and people need to take responsibility. Next it will be disclosed he had a rough childhood and his father cheated on his mother...blah, blah, blah...didn't stop him from doing a show and being almost famous.

Hollywood actors aren't the only people who get drunk and get caught but they do get preferential treatment. And it's sad that the young man was killed...but he made bad choices too...maybe if he was sober he wouldn't have gotten in the vehicle of someone else that was drinking.

2697 days ago
78.

Anonymous    

You have got to be kidding me!!! This is not the true story at all! This "powerhouse" attorney is spinning this story WAY out of control and doing an awfully unbelievable job at it in my opinion. It is true that they met Mr. Garrison at the Ralph's on Pico and went to the party with him where, as my sources tell me, he downed the majority of a bottle of Grey Goose vodka while sharing with his new underage "friends." They then decided to go to Pavilions on Olympic and Beverly with a visibly intoxicated Garrison to purchase even MORE alcohol. While SPEEDING down Beverly towards Olympic Garrison lost control of his SUV hitting the median, flipping and finally coliding with a tree in front of the Islands Restuarant killing the young 17 yr. old male. Garrison was more than conscious immediately following the accident as well. Witnesses tell me that he was the only one to get out of the vehicle and was able to walk around.

It is incredibly sad and infuriating to see an over paid no morals attorney try to spin this to make his client come out a victim when someones young son is dead and someone elses daughters are injured. Not to mention the many, many friends, family members and admirers who have come to the CRIME scene to pay their respects who will never see their friend alive again. LANE GARRISON IS GUILTY OF: driving while intoxicated (second time within a month he's been caught by the way), reckless driving, contributing to a minor, and most importantly MURDER. Let us band together to get the truth out there and to do all we can to stop letting the plain guilty get away with murder.

LANE GARRISON, YOU ARE GUILTY!!!! BE A MAN AND FACE THE FACTS!

2697 days ago
79.

Iz    

this is ridiculous, hes 26! cant he admit his behavior...he had a larrrrge role in this accident and he just doesn't want to own up to the fact that he took a life. a young, amazing mans life.....i just dont even wanna hear this crap. this guy is really somethin, i feel like i know what really happened, i think we all do....and thats why this coverup is just so pathetic. the community of BH lost a wonderful person this weekend, and this effin guy should pay.

2697 days ago
80.

David    

Everyone whos bagging on the kids are f***ing morons, some dumb f***ing 24 year old petifile was trying to hit up on these girls, and the poor kid felt bad so he decided to roll along, everyone was drunk in the situation, this i know, because weve ben with family and friends for the past 2 days. ALL YOU IGNORANT RETARDS BLAMING THE KIDS, GO DIE.

2697 days ago
81.

blinger    

tweener will find out that his fancy car has an onboard computer that records speed and driving movements at time of accident.

tweener will also find out that he can "cop a deal" and get off very, very lightly.

the kid who died is Armenian. gotta figure that they're thinking ahead of the game and will try to stop such deal copping.

tweener is probably in deep, deep sh*t.

2697 days ago
82.

blinger    

tweener = 1998 graduate of J.J. Pearce H.S. Richardson, Texas (Richardson ISD)

tweener is from BFE, texas... i.e., he is a country hick from hicksville nowheresville. he killed a rich kid from beverly hills high. aint no way, no how that mister hayseed from hicksville-down-south is surviving this, aint no way.

2697 days ago
83.

blinger    

if tweener does get off, his career WILL skyrocket. i mean, sh*t, he is writing some crappy movie called "succubus". give me a break.

http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0417175/

there could be a silver lining in this for tweener, career-wise

2697 days ago
84.

STUDENT    

A 26 YEAR OLD, ATTEMPTING TO GO TO A
HIGH SCHOOL PARTY IS WRONG, IT'S SICKENING!
DRIVING DRUNK, KILLING THE MOST AMAZING
17 YEAR OLD KID!!! THERE IS NO EXUSE FOR
THIS MAN TO NOT SUFFER..STOP MAKING UP
BULLSH*T TO SAVE THIS ACTOR! HE KILLED
NOT ONLY ONE BOY, BUT A WHOLE COMMUNITY
MY WHOLE SCHOOL, LANE GARRISON KILLED
AN ANGEL! YES AS MOST TEENAGERS DO,
THEY EXPERIENCE DRINKING, BUT THEY WERE
NOT THE ONES DRIVING, THEY WERE NOT THE
ONES DRIVING DRUNK! LANE GARRISON IS A
DRUNK, AN IRRESPONSIBLE SICK F***!

2697 days ago
85.

Gera P    

I'm armenian also and im extremely pissed off at what happened
the family will not allow something like this slide im pretty sure, if alcohol is found in his blood he will be punished
to all the students at the school, i'm sorry for your loss, i know how it is in armenian families, it is devastating when someone dies tragically like this..

2697 days ago
86.

Hater    


Well first of all the reason he had the girls with him was because there is nothing better than soft young firm T & A. It appears these girls were looking to give it away so you can not blame him there. As for the accident, that is all it was an accident. The boy’s death is tragic yes but no more tragic than the thousands of other teens that die in alcohol related accidents every year.

2697 days ago
87.

Monty    

I find the uproar over this accident overkill. I mean,the dead kid was an illegal immigrant here on an expired student visa.Good riddance to bad rubbish.Long live the white upper class.
Blinger is colored.

2696 days ago
88.

Jonas    

Harland Braun is not only a scumbag (I have had personal experience with him) he is also not very bright. In a story that will appear in the LA Times today, he first states and I quote, "His lawyer, Harland Braun, said the actor "doesn't remember anything about the accident…. He thinks he was driving but he can't swear to it."

Then seven (7) paragraphs later in the same article Braun is again quoted "We're still trying to figure out what happened," said the lawyer, adding that Garrison was having trouble with his vehicle's brakes and the SUV pulled to the right. He said police would examine the vehicle." So which is it Harland? He doesn't remember anything OR "the SUV pulled to the right". Vahagh was a light that should have shown for 70 more years at least . I only hope Lane gets one year in prison for every year he took from Vahagh. He was an amazing young man and even though II wasn't a peer but the father of one of his closest friends, he crawled into my heart as he did everyone he met and I will miss him.

I would also add that the gathering @ Roxbury park on Sunday didn't begin @ 3:00, it began @ 1:00 and there weren't 100 people there, there were close to 1,000!

2696 days ago
89.

Waaah!    

Don't cry for me. I'm in a better place, away from you rich scumbag kids.

2696 days ago
90.

SP    

He may need some help breaking out of prison himself. I am not saying he is guilty, but in the media he is guilty until proven innocent. This story if true pretty much makes him look guilty. And if it was an ordinary citizen we would get prison time. Lets see what happens. I bet if you check enough you will find some underage alcohol and sex going on.

2696 days ago
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