Lynne Spears accidentally ran over and killed a boy in 1975


The National Enquirer reports that in 1975 Lynne Spears ran over a 12-year-old boy and killed him. Lynne, then 20, was rushing to the hospital with her brother, who had some kind of unspecified injury. According to the Enquirer, the guilt still haunts Lynne and she generally refuses to talk about it.

The ENQUIRER exclusively reveals Britney Spears’ mom Lynne is hiding a shocking secret tragedy. The mother of the pop star ran over a bike-riding young boy with her car and killed him! The accident occurred in 1975, and Lynne Spears is still haunted by the death of the 12-year-old boy.

“To this day, Lynne hasn’t gotten over what she did. She gets that terrified look in her eye when she is thinking about it,” said a source close to the Spears family.

“She has told only a few people about the accident and always says, ‘Please don’t think I’m a bad person.’” Lynne was 20 when the tragedy occurred in her hometown of Kentwood, La., during the same year she married Jamie Spears. When the accident happened, Britney’s mom was driving her brother to the hospital after he’d suffered an injury.

“It bothers Lynne still to this day,” said a representative for Lynne Spears. “She really doesn’t like to talk about it. She just wanted to forget that it ever happened – but she can’t.”

[From the National Enquirer]

What an incredibly sad story, and how incredibly tragic for the boy’s family. When I was five my best friend’s dad accidentally ran him over when he was playing in the driveway. He managed to live but was in a full body cast for over a year. Even as a little kid, I remember being overwhelmed by how obviously grief-stricken and inconsolable his father was. I can’t even imagine what it must feel like to know you caused the death of a child.

Unfortunately Lynn Spears has a good deal of company when it comes to famous people involved in severe car crashes. Actress Rebecca Gayheart (wife of Grey’s Anatomy’s Dr. McSteamy, Eric Dane) killed nine-year-old Jorge Cruz Jr. in 2001 when she was driving. Wikipedia notes that, “several cars stopped to let him go, [but] Gayheart swerved around them and into a two-way left-turn lane, striking the boy.” Apparently Gayheart was busy talking on her cell phone and couldn’t wait.

In 2000 Halle Berry was involved in a hit-and-run which resulted in back injuries to her victim. She was sued and performed community service. Singer/actress Brandy caused a major pileup on an L.A. freeway in December of 2006 which killed a woman – charges were never filed.

Prison Break actor Lane Garrison got into a drunken car crash in 2007 that resulted in the death of one of his 17-year-old passengers. He was found guilty of vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving and sentenced to 40 months in prison. And Matthew Broderick got into a car accident in 1987 while in Ireland with then-girlfriend Jennifer Grey, which resulted in the death of two women. He wasn’t charged with a crime but did have to pay the victims’ families $175.

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  1. Kaiser says:

    And don’t forget Laura Bush.

    What is it with Republicans and deadly car accidents?

  2. daisyfly says:

    I got nothing.

  3. cc says:

    An entire $175? That seems a little excessive for two lives.

    Of course Lynne doesn’t want to talk about it. She hit someone with a car and killed them. A child. No wonder you never see her driving. At least, I haven’t. Some one else is usually in the driver’s seat that I have seen.

  4. I am not a Britney Spears or Lynne Spears fan, but honestly, this could happen to anyone. We all make mistakes, sometimes those mistakes can be tragic. But no, I do not think she is a bad person. It was an accident.

  5. Jenni says:

    That’s sad, my Grandfather did the same thing and never got over it.

  6. Syko says:

    That’s really sad. I am sure it’s a terrible thing to live with. I think the only way I could manage it would be to block it from my mind and try to never think about it. Otherwise I’d be crying all the time.

  7. Enn says:

    It’s disgusting that the tabs have to dig this low. Not only does she have to live with that guilt, but she also wasn’t drunk or high or anything. She was taking her brother to the hospital. My mom was involved in a serious car accident last week and I broke land speed records getting to the trauma center. Yes, I was being reckless, but I had one thought in my mind – get there.

  8. photo jojo says:

    ITA, Enn. Sad all the way around.

  9. RW says:

    It is sad, and a tragedy for that young boy. However, Lynne seems to be coping pretty well, all things considered. Sorry if I have no sympathy for her, and her pimping out of her daughters for her own benefit.

  10. Anni says:

    @ jenni: mine too. the street was covered with ice and he could not see the person for the fog…he´s still not over it though it was 40 years ago.

    i am not a spears family fan either, but this has nothing to do with who did it…things like that happen and it´s a tragic and very sad thing. for all parties.

  11. Nan says:

    I hope she forgives herself. It was an accident. It must really upset her when her daughter gets in accidents while driving.

  12. lb says:

    It was an accident not as a result of driving while intoxicated. Give the woman a break. Pretty sad for TMZ to have to dig into Lynn’s past just to have news to print. This wouldn’t have something to do with your photographers getting arrested outside Britney’s house yesterday. Harvey Levine is trash.

  13. Cari says:

    lb? I know TMZ is pretty sleazy with the way they get some of their stories, but the National Enquirer reported this one.

    And yes, Harvey Levine is trash. :)

  14. Whitey Fisk says:

    How horrible. Imagine being the child’s parents, reminded of your son’s death every time you’re in the checkout line. What a nightmare for Lynne and everyone involved.

    I never knew about Rebecca Gayheart’s or Matthew Broderick’s accidents either. JayBird, did you leave a few zeros off the $175 fine or is that correct?

  15. JayBird says:

    Whitey I’m sorry to say that $175 is correct. Obviously it’s just some trivial token of responsibility.

  16. Scott F. says:

    She wasn’t drunk, and since she wasn’t charged with anything I’m gonna assume the kid darted out in front of the car or something. Tragic, but it happens every day.

    And Kaiser, wtf? Is this really the topic to take a dig at Republicans? And if you’re gonna start drawing along party lines – how about addressing Captain Kennedy of the U.S.S. Buick?

  17. Bodhi says:

    I thought Rebecca was drunk… Maybe not, I can’t remember.

    Its really is a shame that the tabs have dug this deep for Spears family news. I can’t imagine how awfull it must have been/ still is for all those involved.

    There was a similar incident recently involving a famous country singer’s family. The teenage son ran over his little sister in the driveway. How awful…

  18. Bodhi says:

    *snort* U.S.S. Buick

  19. NHchicky says:

    My condolences go out to the family of the child murdered. Accidentally or not, her “feeling guilt and shame” does no good to the family whose child she took from.

    She should do more than just feel guilty for 32 years… Instead of hiding the shameful act, she should be asueding that guilt by helping the families who have lost their children due to distracted/inebriated/stupid drivers.

  20. Nan says:

    Scott F, you scored again w/the Buick comment. I love this site!

  21. boomchakaboom says:

    NHchicky: Absolutely right on all accounts. My heart breaks for the family of the boy. This story should not have been dragged out in such an in-your-face manner for the family. Lynne Spears would have done well to have channeled her guilt and grief into something productive to help others. She would have taught her daughters a lot about taking responsibility and caring for others in the process, and I doubt they would be such a trainwreck of a family as they are now.

    I’m not trying to cut her down for this, but it’s true that we can’t run from our conscious. If it bothers you for something you did or said on purpose or by accident, then you best pay attention to it and figure out a way to deal with it. It will come back and bite you on the ass if you don’t. I’m just sayin’…

  22. vdantev says:

    I despise this bitch for her current horrendous acts, foisting her children onto the public consciousness without a shred of true parenting behind her. I don’t need to inducement of her past misdeeds to confirm for me what a total scumf*ck of a human being she is.

  23. czarina says:

    I’m not a Spears family fan, either, but this was clearly an accident (or she would have been charged by the police), she was 20 years old and it was 32-or-3 years ago.
    All this self-rightous “she should have done this or that for victims, etc” strikes me as very hypocritical–of course most people after 30 years would still feel bad, but they wouldn’t be wallowing in guilt, and I doubt if this story was about anyone other than Lynn Spears would anyone expect her to make restitution for the rest of her life.
    I feel very, very badly for the family of the child who was killed–because for them, no matter how long ago it happened, it must still be very painful and to have some sleazy tabloid exploit that child’s death for a salacious headline is disgusting!!

  24. Anastasia says:

    I’m no fan of this family at ALL, but I have to wonder why this story was printed. Why bring it up? Why do that? I mean, that 12 year old boy had a family and someone in his family might read that and the pain is fresh all over again.

  25. paris herpes says:

    That is the biggest Frap I have EVER seen? What’s in there? Like a gallon of sugar?!

  26. Blackalicious says:

    @ Scott F. ..”NEVER FORGET CHAPPAQUIDDICK!” (*pumping fist into the air*)

    Matty Broderick wiped out a mother and son when he was driving in Ireland. Way back when he was shtooping Jennifer Grey (who was with him at the time of the accident) he drove on the wrong side of the road. Not sure if drunk but does it really fucking matter? He killed them. I think it’s funny how some people get away unscathed and aw, he was the daffy Ferris Bueller! Seems like his character’s famous charm and luck wore of in real life.
    But Halle hit and RUN? That’s odious…no excuse. What was the excuse she gave the cops/media, by the way? her PR machine must have been well comped for that b/c I heard no backlash on that one. Now it’s just people fawning ‘Oh, Halle, she is so beauutiful!” lack of character to leave the scene. Period. That woman is unstable.

  27. SixxKitty says:

    Bet that incident was not going to be in her ‘good parenting’ book. Which is a shame because that would be one thing she could have written about that might have actually assisted someone out there who needed to be helped :(
    I too have never seen her driving, but then i guess i wouldn’t drive after that either, haunted…

  28. Some Dude says:

    Give me a break – haven’t we all?

    But seriously: that’s really sad. People make mistakes, even tragic ones.

    P.S. – Now we know where Britney learned about the thousand-calorie drinks.

  29. Sandra says:

    I am britney s age-27. Wished everyone still blamed my mom instead of me for my choices- must be nice!

  30. I also feel badly for the boy’s family, but crucifying Lynne Spears will not change anything.

  31. velvet elvis says:

    I love salacious gossip as much as the next person…but this story goes too low even for me.

  32. jinx says:

    So we can add killer to the list of crimes this family has committed. Well that explains why Kfed doesn’t mess with Lynne, she’s the real deal.

    God does it ever end with this tribe of freaks? Condolences to the family who lost a child.

  33. SolitaryAngel says:

    I can’t believe how low some tabloids will stoop!! Didn’t they stop to think how AWFUL the family of that little boy are feeling right now? OMG, this is beyond disgusting…my sympathies for the family first, then Lynne–though that’s the ONLY one she gets. :roll:

  34. Mary Ann says:

    FWIW, I remember when the Matthew Broderick accident happened, and I saw an interview with him, and I’ve never seen a celebrity look so pale and haunted in an interview. He was injured pretty badly, too, if I remember correctly.

  35. Kaiser says:

    Scott F – Jaybird was listing people who caused deadly or horrendous car accidents. My first thought went to Laura Bush, who wasn’t listed. I made a crack about Republicans, because I thought, what do Lynn Spears and Laura Bush have in common?

    And not to get your GOP goat, but technically the Chappaquiddick girl drowned. She wasn’t run over. Not that it makes it any better. But for every time a Republican mutters “Chappaquiddick” whenever Ted Kennedy’s name comes up, why not do the same for the Bushes?

    Here, I’ll try it. George W. Bush *coughcokeheadcough* *coughalcoholicdrunkdrivercough*
    Laura Bush *coughkilledherhighschoolfriendcough*

  36. geronimo says:

    kaiser, too funny…

    Sad story. No love in my heart for Lynne Spears but it’s a really difficult, if not impossible, thing to get over and bringing it up again after all this time isn’t likely to help heal any wounds for any of the people involved here.

  37. Kaiser says:

    Yeah, Geronimo, I actually agree. Esp. if Lynn wasn’t drunk or anything. It’s just a tragedy that shouldn’t be exploited.

    Also, Scott – I wrote my first bitchy comment on this thread right after I read the coverage of Robert Novak. That also affected it. Sorry if I offended your delicate Republican sensibilities. :)

  38. Atlanta says:

    Similar thing happened to First Lady Laura Bush in 1963 (then Laura Welch, 17 years old), she ran a stop sign in Midland, TX, struck a car, killed the sole occupant of that car (a classmate of hers). Police records of the event were made public in May 2000.

  39. Kaiser says:

    Atlanta, did you not read the comments?

  40. This must be painful for both family to have it brought up again just to sell papers

  41. Lauri says:

    @kaiser: The reason most people still bring up Chappaquidik is because instead of trying to save Mary Jo, he saved his own butt and then consulted with his family over what to do…before bothering to call authorities. Now, if he had gotten to a phone as fast as possible and called for emergency help, it would be different. But he allowed her to die, while waiting around and deciding the best way to handle it to try to protect his reputation. Mind you, that wait was 9 HOURS.

    If you look at photos of the scene, you can plainly see that there were houses close by where he could have called for help. The residents of three of those houses asserted that they had lights on that would have been easily visible to him. In addition, there was a volunteer fire station…that was manned, only 300 yards from the scene of the accident. So, he walked past 4 houses, 3 of them with lights on, and a fire station, without stopping to call for assistance.

    The difference is that Mrs. Bush had an accident. Mr. Kennedy committed murder and got away with it.

  42. Kaiser says:

    Yeah, Lauri? In my book, Mr. Bush has committed murder too. And I’m not seeing any rush to convene the war crimes tribunal, so it looks like he’s getting away with it.

    Look, I wasn’t trying to defend the drunken insanity of Ted Kennedy. I was merely making a point that Dubya’s had many cocaine-and-booze-fueled insanities that rarely get mentioned. And that what happened to Lynn Spears sounds a lot like what happened to Laura Bush.

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