Update: A hospital spokesperson says that Nick is "no longer a patient" at Bayfront Medical Center, and police have clarified that Nick’s injuries were not life-threatening. Nick’s mother Linda has released a statement.
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 thehospital. At this time, his friend, John Graziano remains hospitalized.Nick is currently at the hospital with John and his family. His soleconcern is for the well being of his friend. On behalf of my family, weask that your thoughts and prayers be with John and his loved ones.
Originally posted at 7:22 a.m.: Nick Bollea, the 17-year-old son of pro wrestler and reality-tv star Hulk Hogan (aka Terry Bollea), had to be extracted from his "totally destroyed" car yesterday following a serious traffic accident, according to Clearwater, Fla. police. The teenager — who is listed in serious condition at a local hospital — is being treated for "life-threatening" injuries.
According to law enforcement officials, Bollea was driving his Toyota Supra through downtown Clearwater Sunday night "at a high rate of speed" when his rear tires struck a raised median. The vehicle fishtailed before slamming into a 25-foot palm tree, leaving Nick and an unnamed passenger trapped inside; Rescuers utilized the ‘jaws of life’ to remove them both, and they were subsequently flown by hospital to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. Says a police spokesperson:
His car inexplicably left the road, and it was totally destroyed upon impact…We don’t know exactly what happened, but we are investigating.
Nick is currently employed as a professional drift-car driver for Dodge, receiving his Formula-D license in 2006. Hulk and his wife Linda also have a daughter, Brooke, 19. Both Nick and Brooke are featured in the Hogan family’s VH1 reality-tv show Hogan Knows Best.
Thanks to CBB readers Lindsey, CC, Britny, Nicole, Brooke, Angela and Emily.