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.
Morgan Freeman is quite possibly my favorite actor, and this news worried me at first, but I am glad to hear that he is doing okay.
Bo on Aug 4, 2008
Great actor, hopefully he gets well soon. And yeh a 97 maxima seriously? Should opt out for a recent car (much safer).
Slacker on Aug 4, 2008
Great news that Morgan Freeman is ok! As for the '97 Nissan Maxima, not bad! Really good, safe vehicle. I know! For shame? Kevin, you have a shallow, blatant sarcastic point of view, just like Alex lately. Suppose it was the woman's car he was driving.... Maybe Mr. Freeman was trying to keep a low profile! Nobody knows! Slacker,#4, a recent car, safer? I doubt that. Let me tell you something Slacker, Mr. Freeman is fine (maybe the '97 Maxima worked out well for him,yes?) but bear in mind, in an accident, if it's your time to go, the type of car or truck won't matter. Don't be shallow like Kevin is!!
Spider on Aug 4, 2008
Amen to that Spider. Glad to see your doing well Morgan!
Blue Silver on Aug 4, 2008
Starting to sound like there is a Dark Knight curse Ledgers untimely death, Bale's family issues, now Freemans car wreck. If I was Michael Caine Id be staying home for awhile.
Darknight on Aug 4, 2008
At least he is alive.
Xerxex on Aug 4, 2008
ohh interesting comments Darknight! Superman curse lifted and placed on the now successful batman.
dom on Aug 4, 2008
This man has one of the greatest voices in Hollywood - aside from his acting talents. Glad to hear that he appears to be bruised up, but it's nothing too, too serious. I want to have a chance to appreciate his acting talents some more - hopefully in a third Batman!
Boo-Yah on Aug 4, 2008
#8 Darknight That is a very good, verys scary observation
Rodan8812 on Aug 4, 2008
Glad to hear Mr. Freeman is okay. We need another good 25 years of awesome voice acting out of this guy! (well, that would be nice, let's hope so)
Mr. Pockets on Aug 5, 2008
"Lucid, conscious" does not equal "Lucious." And Morgan Freeman's character's name is actually spelled "Lucius." Geez...
Joshua on Aug 5, 2008
The Joker is at work!
Brad on Aug 5, 2008
Goodness yes, something bad happened to three people out of the hundreds (thousands?) of people involved in this movie....OBVIOUSLY a curse. People are retarded.
Joel on Aug 5, 2008
We love watching Morgan. He's in one of the best hospitals in the nation and they will take very good care of him. We wish him well in his recovery and hope to visit his place of business in Mississippi very soon. I wouldn't put too much of the curse of The Dark Knight, accidents happen, even to famous people, they aren't immune to the same things everyone else copes with everyday. He will recover and all will be well. Patience is a very fine virtue. Let him do what he needs to and he'll be back, just as good as ever. Bless him and his family in this terrible time and leave them alone to cope with this.
Carol & Jay Peirce on Aug 5, 2008
I agree with shero. I am glad morgan is well. I hope this TDK doesn't turn out to be cursed movie.
Buttons on Aug 8, 2008
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