Hulk Hogan didn’t think anyone could have survived the car crash involving his son Nick Bollea.
“I saw this yellow car all twisted – BAM – it was my car … When I saw the wreck, I didn’t think anybody was alive,” Hogan tells The Insider in an interview set to air Tuesday. “I thought no one could have lived through a wreck like that.”
Hogan was on his way to meet Bollea, 17, at a local restaurant when he spotted the mangled vehicle, which he says was not being driven dangerously.
“The most important thing to me was from all the eyewitnesses, and from everyone who was there and saw it, they were not racing. Thank God,” the wrester said.
After spotting his son’s friend and passenger John Graziano, 22, in the yellow Toyota Supra, he struggled to locate his teenage son. “Nick was in the middle of the metal and the mess,” Hogan said, admitting it was tough to watch emergency crews pull his body from the wreckage.
“Nick is doing good,” says the star of the VH1 reality show Hogan Knows Best. “He’s got a broken arm, some broken ribs, some neck problems and some stuff with his knees but he’s hanging in there. He’s living at the hospital with John.”
Bollea lost control and hit a raised median while driving his father’s car on a four-lane highway in downtown Clearwater, Fla. The car flipped and the back end hit a palm tree. Both young men were helicoptered to a nearby hospital and Bollea was released the following day. His friend, a marine just back from Iraq, is still in critical condition.
“He’s going to be okay and John’s going to be okay and things keep going they way they’re going,” Hogan said, “My son Nick and I are gonna walk John right out of that hospital.”
When asked by The Insider if there were drugs or alcohol involved he said: “At this point, as I know, there were none involved. The police said there weren’t. Everybody looked straight as an arrow and thank God for that.”
“I’m trying to tell my son to stay strong because when all the facts are in, it was an accident.”