Kevin Hart is said to be slowly walking again after his horror crash last weekend – but is still in “extraordinary pain”, it was reported last night. The stricken US comic is “miles away from a full recovery” after undergoing surgery in Los Angeles for severe back injuries, it was claimed. But he is still said to be in a “positive mood” as he begins gruelling physiotherapy this weekend, according to showbiz news site TMZ. Sources told the site that the Ride Along star, 40, is back on his two feet – but is still in agony as he continues a months-long road to recovery.
Hart was a passenger in his 1970 Plymouth Barracuda that flipped off a highway in Malibu Hills – leaving him with three spinal fractures. Pal Jared Black, 28, was driving the car – nicknamed “Menace” – and was airlifted to hospital after he was found trapped under its roof.
Amazingly, another friend Rebecca Broxterman, 31, escaped unharmed.
We told yesterday how the supercar was mysteriously missing vital safety features, according to car experts. Multiple owners of car customising shops said it’s “highly unusual” for cars with 720 horsepower to be outfitted without a five-point harness and a roll cage. The expert car outfitters also said that had the features been in place, Hart could have been spared his horrific injuries. TMZ reported that staff at one shop, Rad Rides By Troy, were “shocked” to learn Menace didn’t have key safety features. At the time of the crash, a female friend dialled emergency services from Hart’s home to report that the actor was seriously injured.
Describing his injuries, she said: “Something on his back is pulling out onto the side”. In the call, which was made at 2.13am, the unknown caller said the crash had taken place just 20 minutes before she rang 911. But police records show the smash, east of Cold Canyon road, had taken place closer to 1am.
Insiders said Hart first went home for medical treatment before he checked into a nearby hospital. The driver was not under the influence of alcohol. Hart had bought the car as a 40th birthday present for himself in July.
It’s been reported he will remain in a private ward for at least a couple of days while he recovers, and will need weeks of physical therapy. Kevin’s wife Eniko said on her way to visit him in hospital last week that he is awake and recovering and is “going to be just fine.
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