Things have not been going so well for former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel. As many know, the talented yet troubled athlete has reportedly struggled with staying sober, and that led to his former team leaders making the decision to part ways after a tumultuous two-year contract recently came to an end following the close of this season. He has been replaced by former Redskins’ quarterback Robert Griffin III, who has also had his own series of controversies during his four years in Washington, DC.
According to a recent news feature from Hollywood Life, Manziel was recently involved in what appears to be a very serious car accident and many are saying that he is lucky to be alive. Authorities say the 21-year-old NFL player was riding as a passenger in a car being driven by his friend on April 9, 2016, when the car crashed head-on into a utility pole.
The car was said to be completely destroyed as a result of the violent impact, and the side where Manziel was seated was especially damaged. Police also reported that every airbag in the vehicle deployed after they allegedly ran into the telephone pole.
It has also been allegedly that both passenger and driver managed to the get out of the car and were able to walk away from the scene of the single vehicle accident. Since they are alleged to have left the scene of a serious motor vehicle accident, the driver of the car is being investigated for a hit-and-run.
While many may not realize that a hit-and-run can be charged when only your own vehicle was involved after hitting a guardrail or utility pole, our Boston hit-and-run accident attorneys have seen cases where a driver was charged with leaving after a collision involving a fixed object.
Another thing people may not be aware of is that even in a single vehicle accident, such as one involving the vehicle crashing into a stationary object, the accident may still be another driver’s fault. There are many instances where one driver operates his or her motor vehicle in a way that causes another driver to have to take immediate and evasive action. When taking this immediate and evasive action, the driver may lose control and hit a telephone pole. That other driver may not stay on the scene, even though he or she just caused a serious car accident.
In these cases, the police or your attorney’s investigator may be able speak with witnesses and pull video from surveillance cameras to prove who was at fault and hopefully identify the true at-fault driver.
In the case discussed in this article, the reason police have not filed any criminal charges against the driver is because they have no evidence to substantiate who was driving at the time of the accident. While it is easy to see who owns a car, mere ownership does not make him or her automatically guilty of a crime, since it is necessary to prove identity.
If you are injured in an accident in Massachusetts, call the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman for a free and confidential appointment — 1-888-367-2900.
Johnny Manziel Lucky To Be Alive After Horrible Car Wreck — See Pic, April 15, 2016, Hollywood Life, By Alyssa Norwin
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