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'Reading Rainbow' Host in Car Accident

7/14/2009 2:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

LaVar BurtonLaw enforcement sources tell TMZ LeVar Burton was involved in a car accident in Los Angeles early yesterday evening.

We're told Burton -- who hosted "Reading Rainbow" and starred in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "Roots" -- collided with a car making a left turn at the intersection of Laurel Ave. and Beverly Blvd. at around 7:30 PM PT.

Our sources say Burton and the other driver were both taken to a local hospital with what appeared to be minor injuries.

UPDATE: The accident occurred when a 74-year-old woman made a left turn in front of Burton -- he struck her car and then hit a parked car, causing a chain reaction that damaged two other cars. Both LeVar and the woman were taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and released.


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Wasn't he also the host on 3-2-1 contact?

1927 days ago


Ummm...ever hear of a little show called, "Roots?"

1927 days ago


Get well soon LeVar!

1927 days ago


Love Le Var on Reading Rainbow! Also Roots. Hope he is recovering well.

1927 days ago


to Pedro --> I was there as well. I was having lunch at Swingers with my sister and her boyfriend, the white guy you refer to in LeVar's car. My sister and her boyfriend are paramedics. LeVar was alone and on his way to pick up his children. Since you were there, perhaps you also remember him on the phone. He was talking to the mother of his children to let her know what had just happened. If you ever get into a car accident, I hope someone doesn't post gay jokes about you in the middle of the night, making fun of what you went through. That would just be heartless.

1927 days ago


For those of you making comments about how *he* caused the accident, the person going straight (him) always has the right of way. If you are turning left (old lady), then you have to stop and wait for it to be clear. *She* didn't stop for him. *She* caused the accident.

1927 days ago

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I'm glad both LeVar and the lady are O.K. The VISOR device was constructed from one of those "banana" hair clips that used to be popular back in the "80s. "Reading Rainbow" did do an episode from the Bridge of the "Enterprise" and linked it to books about making television shows. Best wishes for the future, LeVar Burton!

1926 days ago


His visor must have malfunctioned.

1906 days ago
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