Morgan Freeman Involved in Car Crash - Serious But Stable
by Kevin Powers
August 4, 2008
Yesterday evening shortly before midnight, Oscar winning actor Morgan Freeman was involved in a car accident near his home in Mississippi that has left him in serious, but stable condition in a Memphis-area hospital. The Associated Press states, "Freeman was driving a 1997 Nissan Maxima... when the car left a rural highway and flipped several times," while gossip blogs are rumoring that Freeman might have fallen asleep at the wheel. Considering the time of night and that there's "no indication that either alcohol or drugs were involved," that makes a deal of sense. But a '97 Maxima? For shame.
Freeman's business partner, Bill Luckett, plays things down a bit, saying that the Oscar-winning actor is "resting quietly and has some fractures. Nothing life-threatening. Nothing permanent. He's in good spirits, but he's in some pain." That's great news since Freeman had to be airlifted to the hospital after being freed from the wrecked vehicle via the jaws of life. Reportedly, the 71-year-old actor broke his arm and shoulder. Freeman was driving the car owned by a woman, Demaris Meyer, who was in the passenger seat at the time and taken to the hospital as well. Oddly, not much is being reported on the woman's condition save for it being similar to Freeman's.
Despite the apparent severity of the crash, Freeman was said to be conscious during his extraction from the vehicle, apparently joking with rescue workers and looky-loos trying to snap photos-- he reportedly joked with an invasive photographer, saying "no freebies, no freebies." I bet TMZ will have those up anytime now. And speaking of jokes, a local newspaper is quoted as saying Freeman was "lucid, conscious." I really hope the guy intended for that to be a sly pun. If you combine those two words, you can get "Lucious," which is the name of Freeman's latest character as Bruce Wayne's corporate ally in The Dark Knight. Clever.
Overall, it sounds like Freeman is going to be fine. We'll certainly keep tabs on the story and report back anything worthwhile. But if I had to guess, this story won't go much further. Freeman is scheduled next to lead a B-grade film called The Code due out later this year and co-starring Antonio Banderas.