I am thankful to still be here – Hart, after car crash that broke his spine

I am thankful to still be here – Hart, after car crash that broke his spine

Actor and comedian, Kevin Hart has said that he is thankful that he is still alive after a horror car crash that left him with a severe back injury. K

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Actor and comedian, Kevin Hart has said that he is thankful that he is still alive after a horror car crash that left him with a severe back injury. Kevin also released a video showing his grueling recovery and physical therapy following the crash in Calabasas, California on September 1, when a friend was driving his souped-up 1970 Plymouth Barracuda.

“Basically what you realize is that you’re not in control. No matter how much you think you’re in control, you’re not in control. When God talks, you gotta listen. Some of the craziest things that happen to you end up being the things that you needed the most. And in this case, I honestly feel like God basically told me to sit down,” Hart says in the video as clips show him struggling to walk again after being bedridden for weeks.

“You know you moving too fast and doing too much, sometimes you can’t see the things that you’re meant to see. But after my accident I see things differently, I see life from a whole new perspective. My appreciation for life is through the roof,” he reflected somberly in the video, thanking his family, friends, fans, and God as he continues his recovery.

Earlier this month, Hart released his first statement since the crash, saying he had ‘nothing but love’ for driver Jared Black and wished him and his fiancee Rebecca Broxterman a quick recovery.  Hart had been traveling with Black and Broxterman when their car veered off the road and plummeted into a ditch in early September, leaving him with major back injuries and needing surgery.

The accident involved Hart’s car, but California Highway Patrol said it was Black, the fiance of Hart’s wife’s personal trainer, Broxterman, who was found in the driver’s seat when they arrived at the scene. New details have also emerged following the accident, with law enforcement sources saying that none of the three people in the car were wearing seat belts.  Law enforcement reportedly stripped-down Hart’s vintage car and found it ‘did not have any mechanical issues’ and that the crash was caused by ‘driver error’.

Kevin’s attorney Andrew Brettler said that Kevin will not be fully back to work until early next year. The comedian had to have his spine fused back together after breaking it in three places following the smash.

Hart left the scene of the smash last month while his two friends – his wife’s personal trainer Broxterman and her fiance Black who was driving – remained trapped in the vehicle, according to the crash report.

Police did find extensive bodywork including adding sports tires and a 6.4L Hemi V-8 engine. The car was reportedly without an anti-lock braking system. The report states: “There were fold and crease marks on the belt surfaces consistent with being folded and tucked into the seats and no indicators of occupant loading were present. If they had been worn, they were being worn improperly due to excessive slack in the belts.”

Meanwhile, the comedian is reportedly back in action promoting his upcoming action sequel Jumanji: The Next Level. The stand-up talent showed up for several hours worth of video shoots on set on Monday, in addition to another two-hour shoot on Tuesday and one more slated for Thursday. While Hart is still not back to full health after the accident, the comedian is still committed to fulfilling his obligations.

Hart’s vintage car veered off the road during the first weekend of September and plummeted into a ditch, leaving the comedian with major back injuries. The comedian was left hospitalized following the horror crash in the early hours of Sunday morning in the hills of Malibu. Hart is thought to have been a passenger in a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda with his wife’s personal trainer Rebecca Broxterman, 31, and her fiancé Jared Black, 28.

Black, who was allegedly driving, lost control of the car as it veered off the road and went down a hill off Mulholland Highway around 1am. Black and Broxterman, an Instagram fitness model, were trapped inside when authorities arrived. Hart and Black sustained major back injuries as a result of this collision and were transported and treated at nearby hospitals. Broxterman sustained no injuries and Black was not under the influence at the time of the car crash.