Kevin Hart had successful surgery for back injuries after a car accident

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Kevin Hart suffered a horrific car accident over the weekend resulting in serious injuries. Early on Sunday, he was a passenger in his 1970 Plymouth Barracuda when it lost control, flipped over and was crushed.

Kevin Hart’s Labor Day weekend has taken an unexpected turn.

Early Sunday morning, the comedian was involved in a car accident on Malibu’s Mulholland Highway, E! News can confirm. Pal Jared Black was behind the wheel of Hart’s beloved 1970 Plymouth Barracuda when he lost control and the vehicle veered off the road and into a ditch. According to TMZ, the car crashed through a wooden fence and the roof was crushed on impact. Black and the third passenger Rebecca Broxterman, who was not injured, were originally trapped inside.

The California Highway Patrol tells E! News that, following the incident, Hart left the scene and headed to his nearby home to seek medical attention. He was later treated at the hospital. Both the Ride Along actor and Black “sustained major back injuries.” Police later determined that Black was not “under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision.”

[From E!]

As news outlets have reported, Kevin bought himself the car just over a month ago as a fortieth birthday present and documented his pride on Instagram:

This is so sad. Kevin’s most recent Instagram post was on Saturday. In the photo, he is jumping into his pool, and he wrote how glad he was to be home:

popculture shared an update on Monday from Kevin Hart’s wife, Eniko Parrish Hart:

Kevin Hart is “in good spirits” after suffering “major” injuries to his back in a rollover crash, according to his wife, Eniko (Parrish) Hart, who was spotted leaving the hospital Monday following the comedian’s “successful” back surgery. As was previously reported, Hart and three others were injured after his 1970 Playmouth [sic] Barracuda rolled down an embankment early Sunday morning.

“He’s great. He’s going to be just fine,” Eniko, who has been married to Hart since 2016, told reporters, The Blast reports.

According to Us Weekly, Eniko added that “he’s good. Everybody’s good, thank God…He’s fine. He’s awake.”

[From popculture]

I found the update while I was writing this story, and I’m so glad that Kevin’s surgery went well. I hope that his recovery goes as expected and that he’s back to work soon. I also hope that Jared Black is doing well, too, and that his recovery goes smoothly. I discovered Eniko’s message when I went to do a quick search to see what I could find out about Jared Black. Popculture reported that Black has actor, producer, and director credits on IMDb. He is engaged to the other passenger who was in the accident, Rebecca Broxterman. She is a personal trainer. Recover soon, Kevin!

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  1. Biff says:

    Please tell me I’m not the only one whos first thought was: «opioid addiction in 3…2…1». I cannot handle the thought of being alone as the worst person in the world

    • Yawn says:

      You’re not the only one who had some thoughts on this… I find it odd that somebody picked him up and took him to his home first instead of just waiting for emergency crews to arrive to the accident to transport him and everyone else to the hospital. So you’re telling me that you had someone pick you up at the scene and just left the others trapped inside the vehicle while you just casually headed home to put on a bandaid? Nope… something fishy goin on here…

      • Liz version 700 says:

        YAWN you are right on the money. I wonder if I am further the worst person by asking did he leave so he couldn’t be tested for alcohol or to hide a woman (not his wife) and/or was he really driving. Either way who crawls out of an accident with a back injury and says “peace out” leaving his friends trapped inside? That is so shady… I wouldn’t move 10 feet until everyone was out and being helped.

      • Lwt00 says:

        100% this. I get calling his security team but doing that before calling 911?? having security take you away and leaving the other two in the car??? very very suspect. I wonder what drugs he needed to flush down the toilet.

      • Sparkly says:

        I came upon my neighbor in an accident on our road — we had to literally pull the car off of her, and she jumped up and took off running for home. She seriously needed to be tended by EMTs, but shock kicked in and she wasn’t thinking. She was too fast to stop and too strong to hold, too. It’s not necessarily nefarious. I was in an accident and my first thought was “How am I going to get home?” and became a point of obsession until my brain cleared. He may have simply booked it that way because that is what his brain/body/auto-pilot necessitated at the time.

    • ElleBee says:

      My first thought that he was in the car with a mistress (like Terrence ) I wish him a speedy opioid addidction-free recovery though

    • whatWHAT? says:

      the fact that he left the scene before any emergency services showed up made me think “what did he run home to hide/ditch before the cops got there?” esp since he was injured badly enough to need surgery.

      prob not weed since he could have a medical card if he wanted one. so…something harder? a gun, maybe?

      • MDT says:

        Eh, I get it. I was run over by a truck and thought I could still walk to work. (I definitely could not) Adrenaline does funny things to you.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        true, but why he felt the need to LEAVE THE SCENE and go home is what people are questioning, not necessarily that he was able to get out of the car and walk right after the accident.

        if he was “able bodied” enough to run home, it’s curious that THAT’S what he did, rather than stay at the scene and talk to his friends to keep them calm.

    • holly hobby says:

      I don’t know the reports were saying he was a passenger. The trainer is his wife’s trainer and she’s engaged to the driver, Jared Black. I did find it strange that he can go back home after that accident though.

  2. Risa says:

    How did he have a serious back injury, but went home *before* going to the hospital for treatment…is that a typo in the article?

    • D says:

      Nope, not a typo – instead of calling 911 first, he called his security staff, had them pick him up, and left his two friends trapped in the car at the scene of the accident.

      It’s all very weird – the first assumption people were making was that Kevin was cheating again and he left the scene because he didn’t want to get caught with his side piece.

      But Rebecca, the female passenger, is actually engaged to Jared Black, the male driver, so that theory is out.

      The other theory that Kevin was actually (drunk) driving when the accident happened is totally implausible to me – there’s no way they’d be able to cover something like that up & fool the police, especially since the other guy was seriously injured and trapped in the car.

      Maybe there were drugs in the car that needed to be removed from the scene before help arrived? idk, it’s all very odd.

      • kacy says:

        There could have been a fourth passenger that they took to a different hospital on the way to cover up the cheating. Only real explanation given the oddness of events.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        cheating was my original thought, too, or that he had to hide something that was in the car. since the female passenger was the other guy’s fiancée, I also considered a fourth passenger but they were SO CLOSE to Hart’s house and I got the impression that that was the destination…

        …so I’m going with “there was something in the car they didn’t want the cops to see”.

      • kacy says:

        Good Point, so drugs ;)

    • notpretentious says:

      Wow, I don’t either Jerusha.

    • StarGreek says:

      I did, mine was worse. My car was even upside down and I had to be taken out. The paramedics said it was a miracle I didn’t get decapitated.

      No idea how Hart could actually walk anywhere as my boyfriend damaged himself more getting out of the car with several broken vertebrae.

      Hopefully everyone involved will recover well.

  3. Lucy2 says:

    That accident looks horrific, thankfully they all survived.
    I too found the “went home for treatment “ thing VERY odd, especially if he had back injuries severe enough to require surgery already. I hope he’s ok, back injuries are brutal.

    • Lucy2 says:

      Eta- hope the other 2 are ok as well, that had to be very traumatic being trapped in a crushed car.

    • jwoolman says:

      It takes time for the swelling and awareness of certain kinds of pain to surface. It’s not unusual for people to actually be seriously injured but feel like they are okay for the first few hours. Then it hits them hard.

      Plus shock can make you do odd things. Your judgment can be out of whack for a while.

  4. JanetFerber says:

    I wish him and all involved speedy recoveries.

  5. Tiffany says:

    I worked in a hospital in college, which was also a state with very lenient helmet and motorcycle license laws.

    Back issues are no joke. I had seen so many people come and go with a ruptured or destroyed spleen. It sounds like surgery was successful, but the recovery is gonna be the real test.

    I hope Hart has a safe recovery.

  6. Mo says:

    People buy classic cars and then don’t realize that they don’t handle the same way as modern cars, nor they have power steering or anti-lock brakes. A 1970 car would only have lap seat belts, which would contribute to passenger injuries.

    Really sad all the way round, hope everyone recovers fully and Kevin deals with whatever made him leave the scene.

  7. Amelie says:

    Everyone’s saying it’s so sketchy he left the scene and his friends inside the car (did he really leave the scene before they got out though?) but my guess he was in extreme shock. He almost lost his life and usually when something of that magnitude happens you go into fight or flight mode. And I think he went into flight mode. He was close to his house and he probably wanted to get to the nearest safe place to get away from the scene of the accident. So that’s why I think he didn’t want to wait for paramedics or cops or whoever–he wanted to get to his house to process what happened away from the chaos of the accident. I don’t find that sketchy, just human nature. As for leaving his friends behind, that sucks and it doesn’t look great but he was probably incredibly afraid and traumatized and was just thinking of himself. Usually when most people are in danger they are often just thinking of their own safety and where the nearest shelter is. That’s normal and not weird.

    Just to give an example, a friend and I were out one night in a city in France we were both studying abroad in. Some guy in a car parked on the side of the road stuck his head out and tried to talk to us, we didn’t know what he wanted and just ignored him. But then he got out of his car and was yelling annoyed and started to follow us down the sidewalk. I freaked out and ran ahead, leaving my friend behind in my dust who couldn’t run as fast because she was recovering from some health issue. I was honestly not thinking of my friend’s safety, I saw a strange man get out of his car and try to follow us and my reaction was to “GET AWAY GET AWAY” and to run far away. My friend was pissed at me for leaving her behind and I felt terrible afterwards but I was following my natural instinct to get away from danger.

    • Wow2 says:

      I love that you didnt immediately go to a negative reason!

      Stay positive people, not everything is drama, not everyone is lying, not everyone has something to hide

    • lucy2 says:

      That is certainly a possibility.
      However, I think if that were the case, they would have said so, that he was disoriented or confused, seeking help, etc. Right now them just saying he left the scene does not look good.
      But I hope you’re right and it was just a trauma reaction, and not something sketchy.

  8. CairinaCat says:

    The other two people had to be cut out of the car, the roof had to be cut off. The driver was seriously injured.
    So Hart gets out and leaves two people who could have been dying, trapped in his car and instead of calling 911 he calls his security team and leaves the scene of the accident while he himself is so injured he needs surgery.

    Most likely scenario is there was a 4th person in the car. His security either took her home or to a hospital. Other scenario is he was drunk/high and needed to get rid of the drugs and didn’t want to be tested as soon as he got to the hospital.
    I wonder how long before he went in.

    • ME says:

      I just can’t believe his security team thought it was ok to just leave the scene with two people trapped in a f*cking car. Kevin may have been in shock but his security team wasn’t. Something really doesn’t make sense. Didn’t they have cell phones on them? Why did they need to take Kevin home?

  9. Lory says:

    I can understand that being in shock would lead him to call his team and want to leave the scene. I question his team for not calling 911 until they removed Kevin from the scene.