Nick Bollea turned himself in this morning at the Pinellas County Jail for reckless driving involving serious bodily injury. In addition, Nick will also be charged with use of a vehicle in commission of a felony, being a minor with a 0.2 BAC and illegal window tint for the August 26 accident that left his friend in a coma. The Hogan family issued this statement,
Nick and the entire ‘Hogan’ Bollea family are saddened that criminal charges have been filed in regards to the tragic single car accident on August 26, 2007. Nick will meet and answer these charges in the appropriate arena – a court of law. The family’s primary focus and concern still remains for the continued recovery of Nick’s longtime friend John Graziano. The Bolleas will also continue to stand by the Graziano family and help them in any way they can.
The tragedy to both families is compounded by the fact that unfortunately John was not wearing his seatbelt. Thankfully, Nick was wearing his. Because of what happened to John, the entire Bollea family will make it a priority to increase public awareness about the importance of always wearing your seatbelt.
There has been much speculation as to the speed and wet road conditions surrounding this accident. Although all the evidence has not been evaluated, preliminary reports from the experts indicate that this was not, in fact, a high-speed accident.
Nick’s attorney said,
“What you’re going to see is this was an accident…an accident that happened on a wet road.”
Then he muttered something about drunk driving, racing cars and some guy named “John” in a coma. Although, I’m glad they’re focused on increasing seatbelt awareness after this tragic accident instead of telling people not to drink and race. God forbid intoxicated minors drifting their cars on wet road kill themselves. Now they’ll live another day to endanger more innocent lives. That’s what John would want. I mean, if he had brain function, that’s what he would want.