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Famous family reminds parents of teen driving responsibility

Mon, 08 Sep 2008

Parents are legally and financially responsible for teens once they get behind the wheel, and no one knows that better than former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan.

In 2007, Nick Bollea, the son of Hogan (born Terry Bollea), made news when he was arrested for reckless driving after a near-fatal accident.

Nick Bollea was reportedly racing his friend from light to light in a 1998 Toyota Supra owned by him and his father, while his friend Daniel Jacobs was driving Hogan's 2003 Dodge Viper. The wreck ended after Bollea lost control of his vehicle and his passenger, John Graziano, received massive head injuries that nearly took his life.

Bollea faced jail time after the incident and even lost his driver's license. The Grazianos sued the Bolleas for compensation and punitive damages, on top of the fines requested from the courts.

Read this cautionary tale below, along with our coverage on initiatives to provide supplemental classes in addition to driver's training and technology that aids new drivers.

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By Brad Wiley