On Monday, March 24, a negligence suit was filed for the man who received critical personal injuries in a street racing crash involving the son of professional wrestler Hulk Hogan. Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, his estranged wife, Linda Bollea, his son, Nick Bollea, and another man were named as defendants.
The suit was filed by the attorneys of John Graziano in Clearwater, Florida and accuses one count of negligence against Nick Bollea, three counts of negligence against Terry Bollea, one count of negligence against Linda Bollea, and one count against Daniel Jacobs, the driver of the vehicle Bollea was racing against.
According to Clearwater police, the incident, which took place on August 26, 2007, occurred due to Bollea crashing his 1998 Toyota Supra while he was in a street race against the Dodge Viper driven by a friend. According to a report, Bollea was driving over 60 mph in a 40 mph zone.
Graziano, a 22-year-old Marine who served in Iraq, was the passenger of 17-year-old Bollea. Graziano was not wearing his seat belt and received critical personal injuries. Bollea was wearing his seat belt and received no serious injuries.
As a result of the crash, Graziano received serious personal injuries to the head and was left in a semiconscious state. His family says that he will now require medical care for the remainder of his life. According to an attorney, the family will be seeking millions of dollars.
The suit alleges that Terry and Linda Bollea should have been aware of the fact that their son was a reckless driver and knew that he had been drinking on the day of the crash.
Bollea is facing a criminal charge of reckless driving involving serious bodily injury. His license was suspended in November due to allegedly having a blood-alcohol content of 0.055 percent as a minor when the crash occurred. In April of 2007, he was also cited for driving 106 mph.
In addition to the charges of reckless driving, Bollea has been cited for the use of a motor vehicle in commission of a felony, being a driver under 21 operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of 0.02 or above, and having illegal window tinting.