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11 Famous Celebrity Car Accidents and What Happened


Anyone can get involved in a car accident, including the most famous celebrities. Some famous people have died in terrible car crashes, others have been seriously injured, while others were more lucky and only damaged their cars.

Here are 11 famous celebrity car accidents and what happened to them:

1. James Dean

James Dean, the actor best remembered for his roles in Rebel Without a Cause and East of Eden, was only 24 years old when he died in a car accident in 1955.

While driving to a racing event he wanted to attend, Dean hit the passenger’s side of another car that was turning left at an intersection. He died from his injuries before he could be rescued from his damaged car. His death shocked fans worldwide, and it was one of the biggest celebrity car accidents at the time.

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2. Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly, the famous actress who also was known as the Princess of Monaco, drove her car off a cliff after suffering a stroke while she was at the wheel. This happened in 1982.

Unfortunately, she died from her injuries the day following the accident. Her daughter, Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, was in the car with her during the crash, but she recovered from her injuries.

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3. Princess Diana

Diana, Princess of Wales, died as the result of a car accident in 1997. She was trying to escape from the paparazzi while the car she was riding in crashed into the pillar of a tunnel. She survived the crash, but died in the hospital a few hours later.

The driver of the car was found to be intoxicated, and many conspiracy theories surround the accident. This was one of the most famous celebrity car accidents at the time, followed by a very famous funeral, and remains a much discussed topic even to this day.

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4. Matthew Broderick

Actor and singer Matthew Broderick was involved in a car accident that killed 2 persons in 1987. He was driving a rental car in Northern Ireland when he crossed into the wrong lane, and hit another car.

He suffered a concussion, as well as a few other injuries. He claimed he had no memory of the crash, and did not know why he was driving in the wrong lane.

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5. Paul Walker

Paul Walker, the actor mostly known for his role in the Fast and the Furious movies, died in a car crash in 2013. His friend lost control of the car he was driving, which hit a lamp post before bursting into flames.

Walker and his friend both got killed. Fortunately for his fans, his brothers Caleb and Cody acted as his stand-ins so the Furious 7 movie could be completed and released.

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6. Dennis Rodman

Retired NBA star Dennis Rodman was arrested a few times for drunk driving. He was involved in a car accident in 2010, when one of the tires of the car his friend was driving blew out.

Rodman was then involved in another car accident in 2016, when he allegedly drove his car on the wrong side of the highway, and caused a hit-and-run accident.

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7. Halle Berry

Halle Berry, the only African-American woman to have won the Academy Award for Best Actress, was involved in a traffic collision in 2010. She hit another vehicle after running a red light.

She was later fined for leaving the scene of the accident, but the actress claimed she had no memory of what had happened due to a head injury that required many stitches.

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8. Morgan Freeman

Actor, director, and philanthropist Morgan Freeman was involved in a serious car accident in 2008, when the car he was driving left the highway and flipped over.

He and his passenger had to be rescued from the damaged car with hydraulic tools before being rushed to the hospital. His left shoulder, arm and elbow were broken as a result of the accident.

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9. Caitlyn Jenner

This is one of the more recent celebrity car accidents in the list. Television personality Caitlyn Jenner, while she was still named Bruce Jenner, was involved in a car accident in 2015. The SUV she was driving rear-ended another vehicle, sending it into the traffic. The driver of that other vehicle was killed.

Jenner did not face criminal charges for the accident, but she had to face 3 civil lawsuits and go through a lengthy legal process after the car accident.

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10. Ryan Dunn

Ryan Dunn, one of the stars of the show Jackass, got killed in a car accident in 2011, along with a friend who was riding with him. Dunn’s car hit a tree after veering off the road, and burst into flames.

He was speeding, and had twice the legal amount of alcohol in his blood. His friends and fans remember him as a man who was always ready to try out the craziest stunts.

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11. David Spade

David Spade, the actor and comedian who rose to fame as a member of the cast of Saturday Night Life during the 1990s, was involved in a car accident in 2017. His SUV was hit by another car while he was trying to turn left.

Fortunately, he suffered only a few minor injuries, but his car was destroyed during the accident.

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