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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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91.

xxx    

For you idiots who keep pointing out that the passenger wasn't wearing his seatbelt- it's the responsibility of the DRIVER to make sure EVERYONE wears a belt. If not, the driver is not supposed to take that passenger anywhere.

2504 days ago
92.

Mermaid    

Let's not forget these guys are friends. This wasn't intentional.
Sounds to me like the lack of the seatbelt did made things worse after all Nick was in the same car. Kids don't have any room for error these days. That makes me sad. This is just an accident with a famous kid involved. Would this even be a blog if it were anyone else? I would hate to rest my kid's fate on eye witness testimony. I wonder how many people came forward when they found out it was the Hulks kid. The video makes me wonder???

2504 days ago
93.

nice marmot    

Dear TMZ,

Do you need an additional editor for these articles? Because I find pretty basic errors in about half of them, and it seems unnecessary. You could probably resolve this with a quick glance at the items before they're put on the site.

2504 days ago
94.

Terry    


Nick Hogan could have been drag racing alone for a few, not knowing his pal was caught behind a car, This is getting sick. He was drinking and raceing period!
The lawyers for the Hogan family are not going to change public opinion, Their client has had to much of a negative driving history.
Each time they come out and attempt to blame the victim or reduce responsibility I only get more angry at the insensitivity.

2504 days ago
95.

FlBiker    

I'd love if this went to a jury and I was on it.

So Long Nick the functional retard.

2504 days ago
96.

tara    

Hogans are trash. They should promote no speeding and racing. How many tickets did their son have in less then 1 year. Passing the buck....typical.

2504 days ago
97.

Anne Frank    

There should be an investigation of the Florida Highway Patrol to identify the officers who let Nick Hogan off for speeding on multiple occasions during the months preceding this accident. The dates and locations can be determined. The officers can be subpoenaed.

By letting Nick Hogan free, despite radar evidence of speeding WAY over the limit, those officers contributed to the ruining of John Graziano's life.

Come on FHP, where is your internal investigation? Come on, State's Attorney, where is your independent investigation of the FHP?. Come on, Florida newspapers, where is your investigative instinct? Please work on this debacle.

People on Florida roads are still being put at risk because of this let-em-slide attitude of FHP officers towards celebrities, friends, and those witht the right connections. People of Florida, please demand that the FHP be investigated.

2504 days ago
98.

Terry    


I think once John's injury's are seen in black & white anyone will see a seat beat would not have saved him from where he is right now.
I'm sure if the driver had told him the car was going to suddenly accelerate in a race on a public street he would have put his belt on.
The passenger has little control on how the driver will behave.
It's been the Hogan's game from the start to blame John for not wearing his seat belt and some dumb asses are eating it up like candy.

2504 days ago
99.

sandman    

Seat-belt (YES/NO) who’s to blame? Who Cares! I once had a co-worker who once ran a curb and went face first into the steering wheel. Had she been wearing a seat-belt, she probably would have walked away with nothing more than a scratch (it’s believed?) But she ended up with multiple facial surgeries and a very long and painful recovery period. Her face was a mess! From that day forward (even before it became mandatory by law) I have made it a point to wear my seat-belt. If I’m going to be involved in a wreck, I don’t want to have to wonder for the rest of my life whether I would have faired better, if only to have worn a seat-belt? If you’ve never tried it; the first couple weeks will feel confining and uncomfortable. Come the day you get behind the wheel, pull out into traffic and feel strange (weird) and not being able to figure out why until you realize you forgot to ‘buckle up! If the least you can do is buckle up, it may just be the one thing that will save your life and spare you unmentionable pain? Wouldn’t you rather walk away but for a scratch, or are you a glutton for punishment?

2504 days ago
100.

Terry    


That tape tells me his lawyers are desperate, But that's about it.
If witnesses who did not know each other stated Nick was drag racing, He was drag racing.

2504 days ago
101.

jmo    

So all that proves is he mashed the gas pedal when the light changed and for all intents and purposes, ended the life of his friend, because he’ll never be right again. I don’t see how a seat belt is the issue. He was forced back into the seat and his skull was fractured by the head rest. Now if Graziano had flown out the front windshield, then I could see all this talk about seatbelts.

Hogan’s kid had alcohol in his system. How do they explain away that?

2504 days ago
102.

Let it Be    

II have to wonder if anymore information will come out regarding that 'day on the boat' with Dad - Didn't the supposed driver of the Viper; Danny, tell officer's that he had drank a couple of beers on that boat before they 'all 'set out for dinner?

Could that have been where both John and the underage Nick had drank before the incident ?

Hey - Wasn't 'Father of the Year; Terry (Hulk) Boella the owner; as well as a passenger on that same boat?

I can only guess that if the son pleads no contest; that several of the facts will never come out - . John certainly won't be able to reveal anything.

Nick Boella will likely spend the rest of his life being compared to an O.J. Simpson type of personality.

In the court of public opinion; any of the "Hogan's" ' future, public service attempts regarding the use of seatbelts; will be viewed as no more than a joke.

A self-serving, sick joke.


May God speed, John.



2504 days ago
103.

I am poster 58    

Nick is still responsible because as the driver of the vehicle, one must not allow his passengers to NOT wear one. If I am driving, I tell my passengers that my car doesn't take off or go anywhere unless they are wearing seat belts. Nick, stop blaming everyone else, but yourself. You were speeding and had a lapse in judgement. Now, you have to pick up the pieces.

2504 days ago
104.

Marissa R    

2 SILVER,CLOVIS,CM,AND KRISTI: I WOULD JUST LIKE 2 STATE THE OBVIOUS SEEING AS U DON'T SEEM 2 UNDERSTAND..... THAT WAS NICK'S FAULT. WHO WAS DUI AND SPEEDING? OH THATS RIGHT,NICK WAS. JUST B-CUZ THE OTHER GUY KNEW WHAT HE WAS GETTING INTO,IT DOESN'T TAKE ANY BLAME AWAY FROM NICK! NICK IS CLEARLY 2 BLAME AND THE FACT THAT HIS FAMILY AND HIS 2 OR 3 FANS ARE TRYING SO HARD TO JUSTIFY HIS RIDICULOUSLY IRRESPONSIBLE ACTIONS WITH EXCUSES AND BLAME ONLY FURTHER PROVES IT.

2504 days ago
105.

Stacie    

hogan is guilty. and hulk has no one but himself (and his wife) to blame. maybe, just maybe, if they gave their son some attention this wouldn't have happened. instead they are obsessed with their daughter, who is going to end up like brittney once she finally has some freedom. nick has obviously been crying out for help for years with all the speeding.

well mom, dad are you listening now?

i bet you feel real good.

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