Hulk Hogan's son injured in crash, released
CLEARWATER -- Hulk Hogan’s son and another young man were seriously injured in a car crash Sunday evening in Clearwater.
Driver Nick Bollea, 17, also known as Nick Hogan, and passenger John J. Graziano, 22, had to be extracted from the crumpled Toyota Celica Supra.
Officials said both were taken by air to Bayfront Medical Center, where Graziano was reported in critical condition. Family members gathered at the hospital late Sunday, but reporters were kept at a distance.
Nick Bollea’s injuries were described as non-life threatening, said Wayne Shelor, Clearwater Police Department spokesman.
The bright yellow car was traveling eastbound on Court St. around 7:30 p.m. when it hit the median, Shelor said.
Dennis Balila, who was in the yard of a nearby apartment complex, said he heard the loud screech and then saw the car flying backwards.
Bollea’s car skidded around 25 yards, spun around and crashed, trunk-first into a median palm tree, Shelor said.
Hulk Hogan arrived on the scene flanked by three Clearwater police officers, Balila said. For around 30 minutes, he went back and forth between the car and ambulance as the two young men were cut free, he said.
No charges have been filed as of early Monday.
Nick is an aspiring race-car driver (YouTube is full of video showing him drifting), but his driving skills are best remembered leaving his dad's yellow Lamborghini in ashes after it burst into flame while he was driving it through Bay Harbor Islands last September.
Rumor has it from Perez that he was racing a silver Dodge Viper at the time.
Mom Linda released this statement to the press:
"My son Nick and a friend were involved in a car accident last night. Nick suffered minor injuries and has been treated and released from the hospital. At this time, his friend, John Graziano remains hospitalized. Nick is currently at the hospital with John and his family. His sole concern is for the well being of his friend. On behalf of my family, we ask that your thoughts and prayers be with John and his loved ones."
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