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Jackson Kids Involved in Car Accident

10/21/2009 8:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

UPDATE 6:00 PM PT: Sources close to the Jackson family tell us Grace Rwaramba -- the kids' nanny -- was driving the car with the kids inside. We're told the Jackson caravan was on the way to karate class, but the paparazzi gave chase ... and that's when one papper allegedly smashed into the back of the Jackson Escalade that wasn't carrying the kids.

UPDATE 5:45 PM PT:
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ the car that was hit was a Jackson security car, which was following the car carrying the Jackson kids. The kids were NOT in the car that was struck by the paparazzo.

Cops also tell us a hit-and-run report was taken on the scene around 2:20 PM near the crash site in Sherman Oaks -- just a few miles from the Jackson home in Encino. It is currently under investigation.

UPDATE 5:30 PM PT:
Witnesses tell TMZ the driver who struck the Jackson car fled the scene after impact. In California, leaving the scene of an accident without exchanging information is a crime. The D.A. could file a felony hit-and-run charge if the evidence is there.

UPDATE 5:15 PM PT: Joe Jackson tells us he spoke with Katherine and the kids are fine.

TMZ has learned Michael Jackson's kids were involved in a car accident moments ago in Sherman Oaks.



We're told a paparazzo -- not ours -- was following the Jackson car when the pap's gold Yukon rear-ended the Jackson car near the off-ramp of the 101 Freeway near Katherine Jackson's Encino home. Our sources say the accident wasn't severe and the kids are okay.

Story developing ...

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1.

Simone    

Bloody paps.

1745 days ago
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melody90405    

The paps need to stay away from these kids. They are dealing with enough already. I hope this shows the rest to back off

1745 days ago
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Jean    

If the paps killed or injured one of these kids, TMZ and all other celeb media outlets are going to be forced out of business by the backlash. Police yourselves, photographers!

1745 days ago
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Hypocrites    

Sh*t happens

1745 days ago
5.

ky    

leave these kids alone,let them live their lives in peace enough is enough

1745 days ago
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Jennifer    

god why aren't there laws against this yet?

Those children cant possibly be entertaining 24 hours a day. leave them alone.

1745 days ago
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Kathe    

LEAVE THE KIDS ALONE! WHAT THE H*** IS YOUR PROBLEM! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. YOU GUYS MUST BE REALLY SICK TO DO THIS TO INNOCENT CHILDREN! I HOPE YOU GET SUED AND GET A HEFTY FINE! WHAT AN A**!

1745 days ago
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whatever    

THIS is why the law needs to crack down on the paps, they are no more than stalkers. Its up to the rag mags and TMZ to say enough.. leave them alone we are not buying.. but they wont do that, so make them accountable too.

1745 days ago
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whocares    

Does someone have to get killed or hurt for the Paps to use some restraint? This is sad.... so if the kids got out of the car at the accident scene did that pap get his photos?

BTW-Tell Randy Jackson to bite it.... he and the Jackson leeches are looking for a way to try and control MJ's estate. Randy get a job, the estate should belong to MJ's kids. Katherine is about as smart as a piece of chalk, I am sure they will minulate her into diverting money to the non-famous noone cares about you Jackson clan.

1745 days ago
10.

They were in it for the money    

No common sense for these Paps! They need to stay away at least 25 ft. away and not follow people or harass them. everyone of them should be sued!

1745 days ago
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mddiva    

Katherine needs to go ahead and move to Las Vegas with those kids and they won't be hounded by the paps. I hope they are fine.

1745 days ago
12.

Stop Milking his name    

LEAVE MICHAEL'S CHILDREN ALONE!

That goes for you too Latoilet Jackson...STOP SELLING THE KIDS'S PRIVATE INFORMATION TO ACCESS HOLLYWOOD.

YOU ARE AN ATTENTION-WHORE...fine, but leave the kids out of it.

1745 days ago
13.

NORAH    

WTF!!!!! what is going on? Is this gonna be another Princess Di in the making? remember Michael's song PRIVACY? he specifically says that the paps killed Di.
This is truly the worst. those poor kids. ONLY MICHAEL KNOWS HOW TO PROTECT THEM!

1745 days ago
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Monique    

WHY DON'T YOU'LL SORRY A$$ PAPS LEAVE THESE KIDS ALONE! BEFORE YOU KILL THEM LIKE YOU BASTARD DID PRINCESS DIANA

1745 days ago
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Christina    

Can the paps seriously leave Michael Jacksons children alone and allow them to mourn privately and more importantly allow them to be kids.

1745 days ago
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