Celebrity Automobile Accidents:
Famous people who have died in car crashes
"April 10, 1992: Loud-mouth comedian Sam Kinison (38) was killed in a head-on car crash in Needles, California. His newlywed wife Malika Souiri was also critically injured. The driver of the other car was a 17-year-old drunk."
" September 30, 1955: Actor and cultural icon James Dean died of a broken neck when his Porsche Spyder hit a Ford car trying to make a left turn on a California highway. The driver of the Ford had only minor injuries and Dean's passenger, mechanic Rolf Wutherich, was thrown clear of the car."
"November 24, 1982: In 1982, Barack Obama, Sr. (46), father of U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama, Jr., died in an alcohol-related accident after driving his car off the road and crashing. A few months earlier, Obama lost both legs in an automobile accident, and subsequently lost his job."
Other Serious Traffic Incidents....
"January 3, 1996: After being alerted by his wife Pam Dawber, actor Mark Harmon saved two teenagers who were trapped inside a burning Jeep Cherokee in Los Angeles, California. The Cherokee had crashed into a tree, flipped over, and burst into flames outside the couple's home. A neighbor was calling the Fire Department when Harmon ran out with a sledghammer and broke the windows."
"May 2, 1999: Actress Lois Hamilton (57), who appeared on Three's Company and The Ropers, was involved in a head-on collision while driving under the influence (cocaine, diet pills, Prozac, Xanax, and other drugs). Lois broke her jaw, several vertebrae, and her hip. Four others were injured in the crash. Later, on December 23rd, she flew to Rio de Janeiro, locked herself in a room at the Sheraton Hotel, swallowed a handful of pills, slipped a plastic bag over her head, and committed suicide."