Tuesday, August 5, 2008
MORGAN FREEMAN IN A BAD CAR WRECK
Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman was in serious condition at a hospital in Tennessee, not too far from his home in northern Mississippi, after being in a car accident Sunday night. Freeman has suffered a broken left upper arm, other fractures and neck and shoulder injuries. The car that he was driving was owned by his passenger, a Memphis resident Demaris Meyer, whom Bill Luckett described as a mutual friend of his and Freeman's.
Bill Luckett, a friend and co-owner of a restaurant and blues club with Freeman said, "He's in good spirits, but he's in a lot of pain." A little after 11:30 Sunday night the paramedics removed Freeman and Meyerfrom the car and they were airlifted to the hospital, according to Angie Underwood, a Mississippi Highway Patrol spokeswoman.
Bill Rogers, who lives on the highway where the accident happened said that the vehichle flew about 45 feet before it alighted on its trunk. "The car was torn up so bad I couldn't tell what it was," he said.
Freeman is an Academey Award winning actor, film director and narrator. He won an Academy Award for best supporting actor in 2005 for his role in the gritty boxing film "Million Dollar Baby." He has been nominated for Oscars three other times, for the movies "Street Smart," "Driving Miss Daisy" and "The Shawshank Redemption."
Freeman was born in Memphis, Tennessee and grew up in the Mississippi Delta region. He moved back to open the blues club and the restaurant in 2001. In a 2005 interview with CNN, he said returning to the area was "one of the smartest moves I've made in life."
Please pray for a speedy recovery for both, Freeman and Demaris Meyer, the friend whom he was driving with.