The September crash that left Kevin Hart with serious back injuries is still haunting Hart today. After a 10-day stay in the hospital following the accident, Hart is recovering and looking ahead. However, here’s how the recovery process will affect his career and how long it’ll be before he can work full-time again.
What happened to Kevin Hart in the accident?
California Highway Patrol reports said the accident happened in Calabassas, California, near comedian’s Los Angeles home. Producer, Jared Black, drove Hart’s 1970 Plymouth Barracuda (a 40th birthday gift to himself). He lost control of the car and swerved off the embankment, into a ditch.
Black’s fiancée, Rebecca Broxterman, was also in the vehicle at the time but she didn’t need serious medical attention. CHP stated alcohol wasn’t a factor in the accident, though Black and Hart suffered “major back injuries,” including a fractured spine (in three places). Both were taken to nearby hospitals.
In July, Hart shared a picture of the car in question on Instagram, writing: “I added some more muscle to the family for my 40th… Welcome home ‘Menace’ #MuscleCarLover.”
Following the crash, Hart’s wife, Eniko Parrish, confirmed he’d undergone surgery but on the mend.
“He’s great. He’s going to be just fine,” Parrish said. “He’s good. Everybody’s good, thank God. … He’s fine. He’s awake.”
As for now, a source told Us Weekly he’s good, but still has a ways to go. “He had to be a part of the promotional shoot for Jumanji and he wasn’t going to miss it. He was cleared to work for short periods of time.”
The source continued: “He has been at the studio for a few hours a day doing very small things. He will be working again this week and getting done what he needs to do.”
How will the accident affect Hart’s busy work schedule?
“Kevin’s spinal injuries are very serious, he sustained several fractures and had no choice but to have surgery as soon as possible,” the source said at the time. “Since the surgery, he has been heavily sedated. The physicians are doing everything they can to keep him out of pain.”
After leaving the hospital Sept. 11, Hart’s been in physical therapy.
“He is working very hard to rebuild his strength and come back strong,” the source added. “He can walk on his own but is nowhere near full recovery or ready to do action scenes. He is taking it very slowly.”
In a statement obtained by Entertainment Weekly, Hart wished the other two individuals involved in the crash well.
“I have nothing but love for Jared and wish him and Rebecca a speedy recovery,” Hart said. His attorney, Andrew Butler said Hart won’t return to full-time work until some time in 2020.
“While he’s doing a little work here and there for the film, he doesn’t expect to be fully back to work until the new year,” Brettler said.
Considering how much work Hart typically takes on, that’ll be a long wait for Hart and fans.
What’s up next for Hart while he recovers?
EW also reported that while Hart can walk on his own, he sitting through most of the days to avoid further pain. He’s currently promoting Jumanji: The Next Level and will, no doubt, be up and running to his full capacity soon.