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.
In 2015, Caitlyn Jenner — known as Bruce Jenner at the time — was behind the wheel of a Cadillac SUV when she hit a Lexus in front of her. Unfortunately the bump was enough to send the Lexus into the other lane, where a Hummer struck it head-on; then Jenner went on to hit another car before stopping. The driver of the Lexus, 69-year-old Kim Howe, died at the scene. Jenner settled lawsuits with both Mrs. Howe’s estate and the other cars’s occupants, who were uninjured but lost their Prius in the crash. Jenner was cleared in the ensuing investigation.
In 2010, basketball icon Dennis Rodman was driving down Interstate 95 in Florida when his Range Rover blew a tire. The car swerved and then flipped at least three times before coming to a rest. Samaritans who saw the accident had to pull Rodman out of the wreckage, and then, because it was in Florida, they asked him for autographs. Rodman miraculously escaped uninjured but his passenger went to the hospital with minor head wounds.
Metal legend and reality TV star Ozzy Osbourne had a minor accident in 2010 when his Ferrari hit the Mercedes in front of him while on the highway on-ramp, but the only thing hurt was his insurance policy. When he again had a minor collision in 2018, he decided to give up driving for good rather than risk getting sued into bankruptcy. Oddly enough, the only accident he had where he was injured was his infamous 2003 ATV crash that almost left him paralyzed.
What is it about the year 2010 that was so mean to cars and celebrities? Actress Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers, Cape Fear) was being chauffeured in a Lincoln town car in Hollywood when her car was t-boned in an intersection. The car was badly damaged and Lewis ended up with minor whiplash because of it, but as the EMT told her on the scene, “People don’t just walk away from accidents like that.” After some physical therapy for the injury and some time to reflect on her close call she went back to work.
In what has become a classic origin story, Kanye West’s real career began on October 23, 2002. He had been a minor rapper more known for production than creation until he was in a major car accident; he was hit head on when someone drifted into his lane. Among his injuries was a broken jaw, which had to be wired shut, and he required major facial reconstructive surgery. It was at that time he wrote his first hit, “Behind the Wire,” which came out in 2003. He’s made no secret of the fact that he could have died that night, and it’s influenced his entire career since.
In 2010, controversial movie star Mel Gibson had a fender bender, in his own special way: he was alone in his Maserati when he ran off the road and into an embankment. He was not charged with DWI. However, he plowed into another car in 2015. Again he was not found to be under the influence, but he did fight a lawsuit brought by the person whose car he totaled.
Lindsay Lohan has caused so many crashes she’s known as the Queen of Car Wrecks and yes, there are receipts: she T-boned a Chevy AstroVan in West Hollywood in 2005, she drove over a median and was arrested for DWI in 2007, and she crashed a Porsche into a dump truck in 2012. Lohan went through more cars than a demolition derby; that’s why she later did a commercial for Esurance. No doubt she was their biggest customer.