John Graziano remains in critical condition as a result of the Aug. 26 car crash

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated October 09, 2007 01:20 PM
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The young Marine just back from Iraq who was critically injured in the Aug. 26 car crash that involved wrestler Hulk Hogan’s son Nick will require lifelong care, according to court documents.

John Graziano’s mother, Debra Graziano, has legally petitioned a Florida court to permit her to assume guardianship of the 22-year-old, who remains in Bayfront Medical Center, the St. Petersburg Times reports.

Citing court papers, the paper reports that the most Graziano can hope for is to open and shut his eyes periodically. He was a passenger in 17-year-old Nick Bollea’s car when it careened off the road and struck a 25-ft.-tall palm tree in downtown Clearwater, Fla., police said.

The papers also state that Graziano was not wearing a seat belt. Police continue to investigate the accident, and no charges have been filed.

Friend Described as Comatose

A nurse hired by the court filed a report on Sept. 19 that described Graziano as comatose and on life support, and also said he may have suffered a seizure, says the Times.

Debra Graziano – who is separated from John’s father, Edward Graziano – was given emergency temporary guardianship on Sept. 27, permitting her to seek military benefits on behalf of her son.

Edward Graziano, meanwhile, is contesting her request and seeks to have an independent guardian for John, says his lawyer, Steven Hearn.