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Nick Hogan may have killed a Marine

For those unfamiliar, Hulk Hogan has a reality TV show on VH1 called Hogan Knows Best, making his wife and two children D-list stars right along with him. Brooke, his daughter, has tried to make a singing career out of wearing trailer-trashtastic get ups and doing the breathy Britney Spears voice. Nick, on the other hand, has decided that he wants to be the next Lindsay Lohan or Paris Hilton.

He's been caught driving recklessly multiple times, and even bragged about it to Rides Magazine:

"In my silver Viper, I was driving from Miami to Tampa. I got pulled over going 107 [mph] and the guy let me off. He's like, "Hey, I know who you are, just keep going, ya know." Dude, I got back on the road and two minutes later I get pulled over going 113 [mph]. Another highway patrol from the same county said, "I just heard on the radio that my buddy pulled you over and let you go. I'ma let you go this time. It's your second warning. You get pulled over again, you're probably going to go to jail." Three minutes later, [I was] doing 123 [mph] in a 50 [mph zone]. The guy is like, "Hey, I just heard you got pulled over twice in the last 10 minutes. I got to write you a ticket."

However, this most recent reckless driving adventure may be leading to the death of his passenger, a Marine who is not recovering.

He was going around 80 in a construction zone in his Toyota Supra, with construction workers present, and apparently was racing a silver Viper when the crash occured. Neither Nick nor his passenger, the Marine in critical condition, were wearing seatbelts.

This is what the car looked like after the crash:

While Nick escaped with nothing more than a few scrapes and bruises, his passenger, John Graziano, a 22-year-old Marine, may not survive and if he does, will most likely be a vegetable the rest of his life.

A Sept. 19 report filed by registered nurse Joanne Jones, who was hired by the court to examine John Graziano to determine if he is incapacitated, said he was on total life support. The report said that Graziano was comatose and that he may have had a seizure.

Jones' report said Graziano responds to a pinch and has a gag reflex but does not otherwise respond to touch or sound. His pupils are fixed, meaning they don't respond to light.

Coleen Booker, a registered nurse with 14 years of emergency room experience at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville, said in an interview that it is not encouraging that he is on life support and his pupils are fixed.

"But the signs that he has a gag reflex and does respond to pain means he's not brain dead," said Booker, who is not involved with Graziano's treatment.

In her report, Jones detailed the injuries Graziano sustained during the wreck. He broke his skull at the base, had part of his skull cut out, experienced brain swelling and had cuts to the scalp. Bone was pushed in and broken in many pieces. He had abnormal collections of blood under the front side of the skull.

In an addendum, Jones included information given to her by Graziano's doctor, H. Bushnell Clarke. He told her that at best, Graziano will "open his eyes on and off."

"At this present time, he states his prognosis remains guarded," Jones wrote in her Sept. 26 addendum. "He states that this young man most likely will spend the remainder of his life in a nursing home."

She said Graziano should be re evaluated in six months to see if his condition improves.

Here is Graziano and his mother before the crash:

Police are still investigating the crash to determine whether or not Nick Hogan can be held criminally responsible.

Folks, I try not to do a lot of PSAs. But use this as an example of what can happen when you drive like an idiot over and over and over again. Sadly, with Nick Hogan's driving background, it was only inevitable that something like this was bound to happen, and it's a sad and cruel twist of fate that an innocent passenger will be the one to pay the price for Hogan's stupidity.

Use common sense when you're behind the wheel. Don't do double the speed limit or worse. Wear a seatbelt. And for God's sake, don't drink and drive either.

And in the meantime, please keep the Grazianos in your thoughts and prayers. They could use them right now.


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Comments (31)

I wonder why his family con... (Below threshold)

I wonder why his family continues to keep him on life support. He's obviously brain dead. It just seems so cruel, not just to him but especially to the family.

And before anyone jumps on me, I say this in complete sympathy with their situation. My Grandmother suffered a massive stroke and I was present when her artificial life support mechanisms were turned off. It was not easy, but it was what she wanted (she had been ill with emphysema for some time) and it was an honor to be with her when he wishes were granted.

My stepbrother has lived ne... (Below threshold)
John F Not Kerry:

My stepbrother has lived near and known the Hogan(Bollea) family for years. From what I've heard, this is not shocking.

So who was in Nick's Viper?... (Below threshold)

So who was in Nick's Viper? I assume the fact that he was racing against a silver Viper after bragging about driving recklessly in a silver Viper is not a coincidence.

Very sad to hear but we cou... (Below threshold)

Very sad to hear but we could all see this coming. However unfortunate Nick needs to goto jail for some time (longer than Paris Hilton) and learn his lesson.

I'm pretty up on dimwit cel... (Below threshold)
Brett Buck:

I'm pretty up on dimwit celebrities, but Nick Hogan who? You're stretching the concept of celebrity to the breaking point. More people know the names of the professionals on "Dancing With The Stars" than this twit.

Eh, as far as I'm concerned... (Below threshold)

Eh, as far as I'm concerned when the marine got in the car and didn't buckle his damned seat belt, he waived any right the state had for charging the driver with vehicular homicide and his family has for suing Nick. Is it sad and fucking pointless? Sure. Does that mean that others should be blamed and held at fault for the man's stupidity? No. Now, had he been wearing a seatbelt, the above would obviously change. But, with the information given, it was his own damned fault.

Don't you wish YOU were tig... (Below threshold)

Don't you wish YOU were tight with Nick?

Three kids were killed last week in our area.

Speeding again. The 17 year old driver had a history of a DUI wreck.

No joke. Some idiot bought him another car.

And no one thought to take his license away for any length of time.

These incidents are almost always a compound failure.

If what Hogan said was true... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

If what Hogan said was true about getting pulled over 3x within--what? an hour?--for excessive speed, there needs to be an investigation into the police department and their policies for issuing warnings versus arresting speeders--or at least issue friggin' tickets. They bear some of the responsibility for this kid to allowed out on the road.

Of course Nick is responsib... (Below threshold)

Of course Nick is responsible for the vehicle, but if I had been in that front seat I would either have raised merry hell or been threatened into silence - depending on my relationship to Nick.
I actually drove behind a car where a friend was a passenger - the driver was being a maniac and was sverving all over the place for several kilometers. My friend the passenger was partly blamed for what happened, but I knew that he just didn't dare to intervene because the driver was a bit of a bully and kind of an authority figure to him; my friend received an apology later.
In the end, none of that matters and it's sad in any case, so tonight I'm praying for John Graziano.

A deeply sad story.... (Below threshold)

A deeply sad story.

I knew a guy who owned a Sh... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

I knew a guy who owned a Shelby Cobram we were on a county road the cops never patrolled, and he opened it up to see how fast he could go. the speedometer on that car went to 180 and he accelerated for a good 10 seconds after we reached that. The road was straight and empty (3 AM), but even so I genuinely feared for my life because any speed past about 120 you have no - I mean sero vision besides dead ahead, and everything is past you by the time you see it. If there had been another car, something or someone in the road, we would not have known until we hit it/them.

Knowing this, I made sure never to ride with that guy again in his Cobra (the moron paid for it, though - he burned the tread off his speed-rated tires and turned the oil in his engine to shallac; he forgot about what the temp and pressure would do), and anyone who brags about racing on a public road is bragging about dying soon or killing his buddies, because that is their future, for a fact.

I wish God's mercy on the Graziano family, and a miracle if he wil lgrant it. But Hogan is far worse in my mind than Hilton or Lohan, because their stupidity was accidental, not deliberate. Hogan, legal status aside, is a murderer.

Not only is Hogan a murdere... (Below threshold)

Not only is Hogan a murderer, but his actions show that he has a criminally negligent disregard for those around him. 120 in a 50mph zone? He should have had his license taken away from him for a good several years for that. On the spot.

Now, I say this as someone who is normally all but violently outraged over police brutality... If the third officer had beaten the tar out of him, given how many warnings he got, I would have not only wholeheartedly supported the officer, but would have bought him a beer and shook his hand for doing a public service.

my comment is to the ignora... (Below threshold)

my comment is to the ignorant asshole who blames the marine for not wearing his seatbelt. if you knew the facts moron you would know that it was a racecar with no seat belts and no airbags. it is nobody's fault. it is called fate and when your time has come; it has come.

DJ, Hilton and Lohan's acti... (Below threshold)

DJ, Hilton and Lohan's actions were hardly "accidental". I don't think they were as bad as Hogan's actions, but not even close to accidental. Unless you consider getting drunk and getting behind the wheel an accident! Hilton's drunk driving could have easily ended in a similar situation to Hogan's.

I'm sick of the deification... (Below threshold)

I'm sick of the deification of people who are in the military. I know it's the way folks on the right try to show their support, but its amusing how far it gets stretched sometimes.
Guess what there are lots of young marines who are dickheads. This doesn't mean I don't feel bad for the guy, but no one put a gun to his head to get in that car. More than likely this kid was no stranger to speed contests and reckless driving. Just because he was marine doesn't mean he was above reproach. At least they didn't kill a highway worker who would be a truly innocent bystander.

Even if the passenger were ... (Below threshold)

Even if the passenger were wearing a seatbelt - GEEZ - take a look at that car after the crash! Would it really have made much of a difference?

jtlover, you are wrong, it ... (Below threshold)

jtlover, you are wrong, it was NOT a race car, it was a Toyota Supra, it DID have seatbelts.

Candy, apparently it would ... (Below threshold)

Candy, apparently it would have, from nick posting on a Supra site:

On Sept. 7, Nick wrote: "everyone please drive safe and wear your seatbelts, i had mine on and only broke my wrist, john did not and he is in a far worse stae than i am."

And what a little punk ass piece of shit, loo what else he wrote:

Sept. 16: "john is expected to make a full recovery its just a slow process for him to wake up because he was in a medically induced coma by a drug called pentabarb which takes weeks to wear off which is why the wake up process is is so slow. his entire body is perfect , he just hit his head."

jtlover, you are pretty dam... (Below threshold)

jtlover, you are pretty damn ignorant. It was a street car that was heavily modified. If it was modified by anyone with a brain, it had a roll cage and 5-pt harnesses... the kind used in actual race cars... that if used correctly should have saved both these dumbasses. I don't know if it had these or traditional seatbelts, but apparently it had one or the other.

And any passenger in a car going any significant speed who is not properly restrained is definitely to blame as much as the idiot doing the driving.

Mantis: "I'm sick of the de... (Below threshold)

Mantis: "I'm sick of the deification of people who are in the military."

Hmmmm. So, after a simple reading of the Casey post and the response by Mantis, it would be fair to say that for Mantis, any lamenting of the passing of a member of the military is to be considered the "deification" of that military member.


Further, when military members are injured or killed in this manner it is clearly appropriate to mention that Mantis knows members of said military who are dickheads (an extremely relevant and necessary addition to the conversation.)

Even further, according to Mantis, this public lamenting of military members being injured (at least in this manner) is demonstrative of "the way folks on the right try to show their support" for the military.

Not "show their support", but "try to show their support".


I've been in Supra's before... (Below threshold)

I've been in Supra's before, two that have raced, and one street car. They all fucking had seatbelts. The racing ones both had 4 point harnesses installed, as well as roll cages. If the car didn't have seatbelts in it then they were taken out after it was sold. In fact, I'm almost certain it's illegal at the federal level to currently sell a street car in the US without seatbelts. Not 100% sure, but pretty damn positive.

Drago -I don't thi... (Below threshold)

Drago -

I don't think that was Mantis. Look at the sig.

"by mentis"

I might not agree with him on much - but I don't believe he'd post something like that. Could be wrong, but I don't think he would.

D-Hoggs, notice the date of... (Below threshold)

D-Hoggs, notice the date of that post. For all you know, that was the information that was given to Nick. In fact, it probably was the info given to him. Is he an idiot? Sure, but the combination of hope for a friend and the limited information given to non-family members by the docs means that he was most likely told something along those lines.

No, "mentis" is not me. I ... (Below threshold)

No, "mentis" is not me. I try not to speak ill of the dead, not that I would even have reason to in this case. A young life pointlessly cut short is a tragedy. As far as "deification of people who are in the military" goes, I don't see it.

If he did commit this crime... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

If he did commit this crime then he should get 250 years in prison no paroll and no plea bargening

ravenshrike...bullshit.... (Below threshold)


They have been reporting since the beginning that John is in critical condition, and there are plenty of posts and articles dated long before Nick's ridiculous post that state John will most likely have brain damage, which to Nick is apparently equal to "hitting your head".


Hulkamania is running too w... (Below threshold)

Hulkamania is running too wild!

please protect the valuable... (Below threshold)

please protect the valuable celebrity murderer. the glove does not fit, he has no recall of the event, he is going to rehab. please protect him, the other guy is worth so much less than the valuable nick. come on he is hulk hogan's asshole, spoiled, privileged, self centered, entitled son. he has only killed one person, so far.

Even if the Marine (Grazian... (Below threshold)

Even if the Marine (Graziano) had put on his seat belt, from the look of the wreck, I think he would've still been injured to the extent that he has.

And HOGAN's sister is a hot... (Below threshold)

And HOGAN's sister is a hottie. She dresses trashy, but tell me she doesn't smoke!! Gimme some!

Everyday people forget to p... (Below threshold)

Everyday people forget to put on their seatbelts, for whatever reason. Sometimes you remember a few minutes down the road, sometimes you remember only when you get to the destination and go to remove it and find it was never fastened. I wouldn't blame the young man because he forgot to fasten his seat belt. Most people would have the expectation that they would not be involved in a high speed crash because of street racing.

As for his injuries, there is little to suggest that the injuries he received would have been minimized with a seat belt. The force of the crash on the back end of the car, hurtled John's head against the head rest of the seat, breaking the head rest off the two metal prongs that hold it stable. Those two metal prongs then entered John's skull at the base, effectively impaling him.

In addition, whether he hit the windshield or not, I don't know, but somehow the front lobes of Johns brain were pushed further into the brain mass, destroying them and requiring surgery to remove the damaged tissue. From what I've read, about 25% of his brain was removed, by a combination of surgery and the death of damaged brain tissue.

Also, John's kidneys do not function, and he is on dialysis, along with all the other life support measures.

This is not an injury that he will ever recover from. Nick knew this within days of the crash. Nick's family is very close to John's family and he would have access to the same information from the hospital. Allegedly Hulk has brought in top surgeons from all over the US to do all they can to give this guy any kind of chance. So yeah, Nick certainly knew what was going down. I'm sure it's been a topic of conversation with his parents every day.

That said, I do feel for the Hogan's. Nick's actions have caused a mountain of grief his parents will never get over. I have a teenager, if her irresponsible actions had rendered her best friend comotose with no chance of recovery, I would be devasted for not only the friend and family, but for my daughter, and how she would have to cope with the knowledge she took away a life. No parent would wish this horror on their child.

My prayers are with the Graziano family.






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