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Nick Hogan Crash:

A Tale of the Tape

11/8/2007 6:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Nick Hogan's camp is trying to turn the tide of public opinion by offering up exclusive new video shot just a few hundred feet from the sensational August 26 crash that left his former Marine buddy in a vegetative state.

The images, captured by a nearby security camera, appear to show Hogan's yellow Toyota Supra and another silver Dodge Viper, driven by pal Daniel Jacobs, stopped at a red light mere seconds before the smash-up. Then, they contend, Jacobs' ride momentarily got stuck behind a stalled car. That could contradict eyewitness reports that the Hogster and his buddy were drag racing.

Nick's attorney, Kevin Hayslett, spoke exclusively to TMZ and told us exactly what he thinks the video proves.

"This video is so important," Hayslett says, "because there are people that law enforcement relied upon who said that Nick was driving a particular way on this particular stretch of road. They are claiming that he was speeding during that time period, driving recklessly, losing control of his car. One witness even claims he got to the intersection on Missouri Avenue and Court Street and had to slam on his brakes and nearly went into oncoming traffic.

The allegation of street racing is totally inconsistent with the video. If there is any race going on, even if the Viper was in a race, Nick wouldn't know he was in it because he was so far ahead. That videotape is a complete 180 from what people claim happened and if they are wrong on that, how can we be sure they are right on other things?

I think eyewitness testimony is the least reliable. That's why we have instant replay in football."

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46.

BLINKING !!    

# 27 John G didnt bump his head, His head snapped off at the base.when they hit the tree. The headrest of the chair snapped off too. So yea wearing a seatbelt probably wouldn't have helped him. Remember the BACKEND is what slammed into tree. wasnt the front end. Nice try though. Nick hogan n family can look but won't find anyone to BLAME by NICK.. DRUNK DRIVING,RACING = BIG TROUBLE Unless the Florida Courts decide to K-i-ss the Hogans A-s-s

2436 days ago
47.

sandman    

Well BIG DEAL he wasn't accused of running a Red-Light? He was accused of Drag-Racing moments later. What next; surveilence of him walking out his front-door that morning? What would that prove? Nothing! I remember causing a fender-bender once. Red-light after Red-light that morning. I suppose there could have been surveilence pictures of light after light? Wouldn't prove anything and wouldn't have anything to do with my fender-bender. PS - most drag-races begin with 2-cars (side by side) egging each other on, the light turns Green and peddle to the metal. If that's his evidence, that sure enough it appears like he really romped it when the light turned Green? Not a good defense at all. It all goes back to that old saying that lawyers have: When the facts are not on your side, throw up smoke screens (diversions) anything to distract from the facts...Thank you...

2436 days ago
48.

skeptical at best    

that video showed nothing. how long would it take a car like that to go from 0-60? the harder the try the worse they look. i would just give it up.

2436 days ago
49.

J    

#27- Chels

Oh, seatbelts the only lesson, huh? Then speeding and driving under the influence are ok then?

Look- it's pretty clear that there are some minions from the Hogan camp posting on here, trying to prop up Nicky's version- maybe they promised you a spot on the show, or maybe you just truly don't have a clue;

But facts are facts, and all of this posturing will mean nothing in court when prosecutors show a tape of John's current state.

Little Nicky needs to do some time, the Hogans need to compensate John and his family for their losses, and justice needs to be served.

Even while he's blowing his cellmate three times a day, Little Nicky will still be having a better life than John.

2436 days ago
50.

raceMEimaGIRl    

What a waste of a perfectly good Supra. They are nearly impossible to find nowadays. Nick should be drawn and quartered for disrespect of a *swwweeeeeet* ride. (Yeah, not to mention veggifying his friend.) Down with bratty and spoiled celebuspawn!!!! You know damn well if it were anyone else, they'd be in prison already.

2436 days ago
51.

Jeff    

Okay a few things here:

1- Nick Hogan is a spoiled rich kid. I'm sure he'll get out of it and never learn his lesson. However, they media is being ridiculous. I wonder what percent of teens his age have ever drank and then drove or race their friends or do stupid things in their cars...I'll bet the majority.

2-People relax with the Marine comments! Is the kid really a "war hero." Being in a war doesn't make you a hero. I don't know him personally but I doubt he said "okay sign my up to defend democracy and ship to oversees." Most people join the military either to get money for college or because they don't want to go to college and have little choices. Also, because he's forced to fight in a war doesn't make him a hero. Rescuing someone under fire or actually protecting people does. Sorry, that's just the way it is.

2436 days ago
52.

rudewaitress    

Nick who...?????

2436 days ago
53.

Loser    

NICK IS SO LUCKY JOHN IS IN A COMA AND WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO TELL HIS SIDE OF THE STORY OR HIS A** WOULD BE IN REAL TROUBLE.


BLAME THE VICTIM WHO CANT TALK OR DEFEND HIMSELF.....HOGANS HAVE NO CLASS!

2436 days ago
54.

Munching Oven    

The facts still show that the little rat bastard was driving under the influence. If this little turd gets off, someone's going to beat the crap out of him on the street. JMO

2436 days ago
55.

Susie    

Ok, so he was stopped at a signal light a couple 100 feet from the accident site. Did you see how fast his car leaves that light??? 0-80 in how many seconds in that car?
That video only makes his case worse, not better.

2436 days ago
56.

tami    

To the Angry Blogger

There are several things that make this different than other accidents.

First - most people don't brag about their reckless driving.

Second - most of us would never even consider making a public statement saying the comatose victim should have been wearing his seatbelt.

Nick Hogan is responsible for this accident - (yes accident, since I can't imagine it was a deliberate act)

His parents also bear some responsibility. Obviously they didn't put much effort into teaching their son much about personal responsibility.

2436 days ago
57.

silver    

This bashing is getting old and is disgusting.

Let's see if god forbid one of your friends or family got in that kind of crash..you'd want anything but for them to go to jail for life.

Video is proof..and is always more reliable then an eyewitness. Especially the ones in this case, where everyone has a different story.

2436 days ago
58.

jimmy d    

the kid looks like "chicken hawk" from the old bugs bunny/roadrunner cartoons,

2436 days ago
59.

BLINKING !!    

People need to BOYCOTT anything that is HOGAN..As it is they are reporting, that hulk Hogan has been moving money around , In case there is a Law Suit, Trying to pull an OJ Simpson..Offshore accounts anyone.? Meanwhile John's mother sits with her child praying that he one day can wake up out of his coma. That family deserves JUSTICE...

2436 days ago
60.

JAMES    

CAN SOMEONE TELL ME IF JOHN WAS EJECTED FROM THE CAR, OR DID THEY HAVE TO CUT HIM OUT. "THANK YOU"

2436 days ago
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