Jared S. Black, the man who was driving Kevin Hart’s car when it crashed, as well as the backseat passenger, Rebecca Broxterman, might be preparing to sue Hart. While it’s been previously reported that Hart has lawyered up possibly in preparation to sue SpeedKore, the company which built Menace, his highly modified 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda, this is the first indication that Hart himself might be on the hook.
The potential argument, according to a TMZ report, is that Hart was negligent by not insisting the ‘Cuda have safety harnesses or airbags installed. But the question remains if Black and Broxterman got into the car knowing this, and Black operated the vehicle with that knowledge, if that argument would hold up in open court. At this point it’s all conjecture since no lawsuits have been filed.
Ever since that fateful crash on Mulholland Highway in Calabasas, California, the news about Kevin Hart has taken a few twists and turns. By all accounts, it sounds like the fallout from the incident is far from over, and it might last for years to come.
Both Hart and Black sustained serious back injuries after the Plymouth ‘Cuda left the roadway early on a Sunday morning and rolled down a ditch. While Hart was able to get out of the car and go to his home before heading to a local hospital, Black and Broxterman were trapped inside and had to be extricated by first responders.
Menace, which was highlighted at the 2016 SEMA show, underwent extensive modifications. Among them was the installation of a supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 and lightweighting. Why Hart handed the keys over to Black remains a mystery. While Black has been cleared of drunk driving charges, the California Highway Patrol investigation could still lead to criminal charges. It could also uncover that Menace malfunctioned mechanically, putting SpeedKore on the hook with authorities in California.
Photo credits: Instagram, Twitter, and SpeedKore
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