Monday, December 04, 2006

Prison Break Star Involved in Fatal Car Crash

In one of the strangest stories I've seen recently, Lane Garrison, who plays Tweener on Prison Break, was involved in a fatal car crash Saturday night in Beverly Hills. Garrison was behind the wheel of his Land Rover when it lost control and crashed into a tree, killing one of the passengers, a 17-year-old boy. Also in the car were two 15-year-old girls, one of whom is still in critical condition at Cedars Sinai. Beverly Hills police say Garrison, who was taken to a hospital and released, displayed "symptoms of alcohol intoxication."

Not to take away from the tragedy of this, but this story gets weird. First of all, Garrison is 26 years old. So what on earth was he doing with three teenagers -- including two 15-year-old girls -- in his car? His lawyer says Garrison had never met the teenagers before. They met him in a supermarket that day, recognized him, and asked him if he wanted to go to a party. Garrison apparently not only agreed to go to the party, but took the teenagers in his car with him? Vincent Chase what?

Later -- according to this lawyer guy -- Lane was leaving the party to meet a woman at his apartment, and the teenagers asked to accompany him. Lane agreed, and they all piled into his car and headed for disaster.

What?? Is this what passes for spin control these days? Let me get this straight -- an attractive 26-year-old actor on a successful TV show opts to spend his Saturday night at a house party with a bunch of teenagers, and then, as he's heading home for his booty call, agrees to take the teenagers with him? No, sir, nothing out of the ordinary here. R. Kelly does it all the time.

Then there's the matter of the booze. According to the lawyer, Lane had a total of two drinks that evening, but -- and this is my favorite part -- "Who knows if someone put something in his drink at the party." Yes, that must be it. The cheerleading squad was planning a rape. They did that at my high school sometimes, too. We had to have a special assembly to discuss the cheerleading-squad-planting-roofies-in-drinks issue. Poor guy.

Lane is reportedly "despondent" over all this. And he should be, since he'll probably soon be moving from Prison Break to prison. We barely knew ye, kiddo.

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