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Hollywood Big Wig Sued in Fatal Golf Cart Crash

8/6/2008 7:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A famous director/actor has been sued for allegedly playing a part in the death of a guy who was driving a golf cart.

In August 2006, Peter Berg, director of "Hancock" and "Friday Night Lights," was riding in a Cadillac when the car allegedly struck a golf cart on State Route 202 in Arizona. Twenty-five year-old Nick Papac, the driver of the golf cart, was killed.

Francis Keao, Berg's assistant, was driving; Berg was in Arizona shooting "The Kingdom" at the time of the crash.

Berg, who starred on "Chicago Hope," and Keao are being sued for burial expenses and unspecified damages. Nick's parents filed the lawsuit today in L.A. County Superior Court.


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RIP Nick Papac    

Shame on all of you and shame on TMZ. I realize that this website holds itself to the lowest journalistic standards as it panders to its readers who are obviously of substandard intelligence, but TMZ should feel some responsibility to report the story accurately without insinuating that Nick was "some idiot riding a golf cart on a freeway." The truth has been posted in comments previous to this, so I won't repeat the details, but needless to say Nick died in a completely tragic and avoidable accident. He was a great man, a great friend, and I'll never know anyone remotely like him ever again. Even you most cynical, time-wasting TMZ readers would have enjoyed his company. I know you lead miserable, lonely existences, but I'm sure if anyone could have made you laugh and enjoy real life for a moment, it would have been Nick.

That being said, I have a multitude of issues with his parents feeling that it is their right to sue. First, Nick's father is a very successful industry veteran who does not need the money. Second, Nick and his parents did not exactly "get along," and while no parent deserves to lose a son, their relationship could not be considered close. Reading now that they could profit from his death makes me nauseous, especially considering that he never received much of anything from them.

2234 days ago


It was almost midnight on the 202 freeway in Mesa AZ. Nick was the prop assist on the set, Peter was driving and HE hit Nick, than Francis changed seats with Peter. That's a fact!!! Francis and Pete both know the truth!!!!!

2234 days ago


Trailer park trash suing whoever has the deepest pockets, plain and simple.

Just give 'em a double-wide and a Harley and be done with it.

2234 days ago


Another reason to support the use of Union Drivers on all productions in all vehicles. See VH1 accident story on this site.

2180 days ago
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