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Hogan's Injured Buddy Just Back From Iraq

8/29/2007 4:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

John Graziano, Nick HoganThe Nick Hogan car crash gravely injured a US Marine who served two tours of duty in Iraq, returning just last October.

The St. Petersburg Times reported today that John Graziano, Nick's friend and passenger, joined the corps after graduating in 2003, serving twice in Iraq. The marine is still in "very serious condition," and his health status "hasn't changed since he arrived" at the hospital early Sunday morning. One of the men who found Graziano at the scene was the brother of one of Graziano's best friends.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ -- God forbid -- worst case scenario, Nick Hogan could face charges of gross vehicular manslaughter, if there's proof that alcohol, excessive speeding or drag racing were involved. The maximum sentence is 15 years in prison.

Witnesses told the Times that they saw Hogan's Toyota racing a Dodge Viper just before the crash.

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Dawn Day    

Oh there WILL be charges alright! The family has already hired an attorney!

2520 days ago
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carmen    

nick is such a moron. i wonder if he learned his lesson YET.

2520 days ago
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Whammer Jammer    

Right, like anything is going to happen to this worthless idiot. A tiny slap on the wrist and sent on his way, even if his friend dies. Then Mommy and Daddy will buy him a new car.

2520 days ago
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dawn    

This is a celeb he will not see a day in jail daddy will make sure of that.

2520 days ago
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kiki    

Send his butt to jail. Spoiled rich kid!

2520 days ago
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//    

Sounds to me like the kid has a brain injury--NOT good.

2520 days ago
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Merry Christmas    

God Bless you, John. Thank you for your service to our great country and best wishes for a full recovery. My prayers are with you and your family!

2520 days ago
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Tipsey McStagger    

I guess kids will never learn. I really want to see the reality show of The Hulkster beating this kids ass!

2520 days ago
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Sue    

I am sick to death of these snotty celebs that break laws and get off with a slap on the wrist cause mommy and daddy have money. If it were you or I we would fry. Nick should pay for this BIGTIME, it was irresponcible for Hulk and Linda to even let him start racing in the first place at his age. Hulk and Linda should be held accountable too. Isn't it enough that his passenger served two tours to fight for our freedom and then this is the thanks he gets? You are a moron Nick.

2520 days ago
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Christoball    

JUST back from Iraq? It's hard to JUST get back from somewhere 10 months later.

2520 days ago
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Pinky    

I agree with #2. Nothing will happen to him. Just like LL, a slap on the wrist. I don't know what it will take to wise these kids up. Death????

2520 days ago
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texasgirl    

Dead at 17? I don't think so... daddy will make sure of that

2520 days ago
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5 cent    

my understanding is that this kid is just 17 and has a history of driving like a maniac.

Because he is under 18, can't they put HULK in JAIL for this offence for being this dumb? If kids are truant from school, they punish the parents. Can't something like this be done to force those idiots with more money (and testosterone) than brains to take responsibility?

2520 days ago
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redheadisnotdead    

yeah, that stupid kid. He's already been busted three other times for speeding waaaay over the limit, and he's only been driving a year. I've been driving for 8 years, and haven't had three tickets.
He needs to be punished because he could have hurt an innocent bystander, and obviously being given tickets are not nearly enough. Get the sonofabitch.

2520 days ago
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poncho    

In the last Hogan thread on TMZ his driving court case was posted. His last one listed his DL restriction sunset/sundown so if he was driving and that restriction was ineffect. He'll more than likely get those charges, he already had a lawyer for the previous court case. Hence why he again appeared so quickly, me thinks. Since he's a minor his parents could also face some light court punishment as well under Florida law. Let TMZ research Florida law and minor traffic infraction court dispositions.

2520 days ago
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