Whether behind the wheel or not, celebrities get in a surprising number of car accidents. Tragically, these accidents are sometimes fatal for the people involved. Here are nine of the most controversial and shocking celebrity car accidents.
The comedian and SNL alumnus was traveling in a chauffeured minibus in 2014 with another performer, James McNair, when their limo was struck by a semi. The truck driver was a Wal-Mart contractor who had been on the road for over 24 hours without sleep. McNair died of his injuries but Morgan survived with critical injuries including a broken nose, leg, and several ribs. He also suffered a head injury. He settled for an undisclosed sum with Wal-Mart, and he forgave the truck driver, who served no time for the accident.
Acclaimed actor and ubiquitous narrator Morgan Freeman, then 71 years old, was in a brutal accident in 2008 when his Nissan ran off the road in Mississippi and flipped several times before coming to rest. He and his passenger had to be cut out of the car with the Jaws of Life to be freed from the wreckage; Freeman was airlifted 100 miles away to the nearest hospital and spent almost five hours in surgery. He broke multiple bones and took months to fully recover.