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Nick Hogan's Crash Victim

Brother Critically Injured

In Car Accident

4/3/2012 9:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Graziano
It's one of the grisliest coincidences ever -- 5 years after Nick Hogan nearly killed his passenger in a car accident ... the passenger's brother is now in critical condition, after getting into a near-fatal car wreck himself. 

In case you forgot ... Nick Hogan was racing his sports car in Florida back in 2007, when he lost control and crashed into a tree. His passenger, John Graziano, is expected to spend the rest of his life in a vegetative state.

Now John's brother Michael Graziano suffered an eerily similar fate -- getting into a serious car accident ... in which he was also the passenger. Even worse ... Michael was NOT wearing a seatbelt, just like his brother John.

The Florida Highway Patrol says the car Graziano was riding in -- a 1994 Volvo -- slammed into the back of a dump truck at 2:30 a.m.

Graziano was rushed to Bayfront Medical Center where he is currently in critical condition. The car's driver was also taken to Bayfront, though his injuries aren't believed to be life-threatening.



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leslie oberg    

My thoughts go out to the Graziano family and friends.

I ask a simple question to all the folks out can someone not wear a seatbelt after a tragic loss to a family member? Nick Hogan was definately in the wrong by allowing his passenger to not wear a seatbelt, But according to reports, this kid wasn't wearing one at the time of the recent accident. How can this happen?

941 days ago


Sounds like natural selection is still alive and doing well. Seriously, how stupid can you be to not wear a seatbelt? Especially, if you're brother ended up in a vegetative state (while the driver, who was wearing a seatbelt, walked away from it) because he wasn't wearing one!

941 days ago


Nick and I had jailhouse sex at the Pinnellas county jail in 2008.He's better than his sister.

940 days ago


It's pathetic (IMHO) that the brother chose not to wear a seatbelt. Also, I'm a bit confused as to why the parents have their other son on life support in a vegetative state.... But I'm curious, if they release him from life support, will Nick Hogan be charged with vehicular manslaughter, or a similar charge?

940 days ago


My heart goes out to the mom. How much more can she take, she will need God in her life now to get over this. With one son life with brain damage and a exhusband who try to have you killed to now her other son also in a accident and fighting for his life like his brother did. This is no time to judge his actions. Prayers goes out to him, his mom and family. And prayers to John as well.

940 days ago


Wants to be like his brother...

940 days ago


Sounds like Graz's parents should be suing themselves this time as this proves that they did not teach their children the importance of seat belts.

Regardless, I bet that they will find this as a way to sue Hulk Hogan again.

926 days ago
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