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Kevin Hart's back surgery successful after horrific car crash, will need physical therapy to recover

The actor will need heavy physical therapy and follow-up visits to various doctors before he can get back in shape after the September accident.
Kevin Hart (Getty Images)
Kevin Hart (Getty Images)

Actor Kevin Hart's back surgery following a horrific car crash on September 1 is successful but it is a long way ahead to complete recovery. 

According to a recent update from TMZ, the 'Jumanji' actor is expected to be released from the hospital by the end of the week, following his surgery on September 4. However, he still has to undergo heavy physical therapy along with showing up for a string of follow-up doctors' appointments to get back into shape. 

After his surgery, Kevin's wife, Eniko Hart, was seen making her way to the hospital and on the way told reporters that her husband was "going to be just fine." 

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) said in their report that Kevin's friend Jared S. Black, and Black's fiancée Rebecca Broxterman, were in a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda with Kevin when it crashed at 12.45 a.m. in West Valley, California, after attempting to turn from Cold Canyon Road onto Mulholland Highway.

Kevin Hart arrives at the Fanatics Super Bowl Party at College Football Hall of Fame on January 5, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Source: Getty Images)

Black, who was driving the car, lost control of the vintage vehicle and it went off the road. It crashed through a wooden fence before rolling down an embankment. While Kevin and his driver sustained "major back injuries," Broxterman escaped uninjured. Black was airlifted to UCLA Medical Center, but his condition is unknown.

When the authorities arrived on the scene, they found the roof of the vehicle crushed on impact. They are currently trying to determine whether excessive speed could have caused the crash. 


In a presently deleted Instagram video, posted by Kevin hours before the crash, the 40-year-old comedian-actor was seen behind the wheel as someone from the background yelled that he had been burning too much rubber. Witnesses near the site of the crash told the police that they heard tires screeching before a loud boom. 
"Two of the three occupants were trapped in the vehicle. The remaining occupant and owner of the vehicle, Kevin Hart, left the scene to his nearby residence to get medical attention. The driver was located in the driver's seat of the vehicle and determined not to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision," the CHP reported stated. 
A picture of the car involved in the crash was posted by Kevin on his Instagram page in July, explaining he had got it for his 40th birthday. "I added some more muscle to the family for my 40th... welcome home 'Menace'," he wrote at the time.