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Hulk Hogan's daughter unhurt in accident

Terry Bollea, better known as wrestler Hulk Hogan, waits with daughter Brooke, left, and an unidentified person as his wife, Linda, right, talks on her phone at the accident scene Sunday.

EAMONN KNEESHAW | Special to the Times

Terry Bollea, better known as wrestler Hulk Hogan, waits with daughter Brooke, left, and an unidentified person as his wife, Linda, right, talks on her phone at the accident scene Sunday.

CLEARWATER — Brooke Bollea, daughter of famous wrestler Hulk Hogan, was involved in a car accident on the Bayside Bridge Sunday afternoon.

The accident comes just weeks after Brooke Bollea's brother, Nick Bollea, was sentenced to eight months in jail on a felony reckless driving charge.

Nick Bollea, 17, lost control of his Toyota Supra in Clearwater on Aug. 26 and smashed into a palm tree, critically injuring his friend John Graziano.

No one was injured in the Sunday crash, which occurred just before 4 p.m.

Brooke Bollea, 20, and passenger Laura Chadwell, 23, were hit by Ronald Gallmon, 19, of Brandon, when he lost control of his vehicle while trying to switch lanes, according to a report released late Sunday by the Florida Highway Patrol.

Bollea and Gallmon were both traveling north — Bollea in the center lane in a 2008 Mercedes and Gallmon in the right lane in a 1997 Toyota.

The report says Gallmon lost control when he tried to change lanes to the left. His car began to turn counterclockwise and ended up in the left lane, in front of Bollea's car.

The impact pushed Bollea's car into the left concrete barrier wall. Gallmon's car also hit the left barrier, crossed both lanes of travel and stopped on the right shoulder.

Each car sustained an estimated $3,000 in damages, the report said.

Gallmon had a 17-year-old passenger in his car, Megan Wright.

Witnesses said Gallmon was speeding, according to the FHP report. No charges were filed but the FHP continues to investigate.

Troopers temporarily closed at least one northbound lane, but traffic was flowing smoothly by 5:30 p.m.

Linda Bollea and her husband, Terry Bollea, who is well-known by his wrestling name Hulk Hogan, both came to the accident scene.

Brooke Bollea could not be reached for comment Sunday. But Linda Bollea, reached at the family's Belleair home shortly before 6 p.m., acknowledged there was an accident and said no one was injured in the crash.

Brooke Bollea's singing career was often the focus of her family's VH1 reality series, Hogan Knows Best, which began airing in 2005.

Rita Farlow can be reached at (727) 445-4162 or farlow@sptimes.com.

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