This story happened 15 years ago but it is an interesting accident case that we are revisiting to review. In the fall of 2005, actress and singer Lindsay Lohan sustained minor injuries in a car accident after her vehicle collided with another in West Hollywood on Robertson Boulevard. Lohan, who was in the vehicle with a friend, was believed to have been attempting to escape from paparazzi and the time of the accident. Reports state that Lohan crashed into the passenger side of a van that was turning in front of her, and the impact of the crash caused Lohan’s driver and passenger airbags to deploy.
Photographs from the scene of the accident also show that Lohan’s vehicle, a black convertible Mercedes-Benz, had been severely damaged as a result of the car crash.
The sheriff reported that Lohan and her friend were treated at the hospital for minor injuries, whereas the driver of the van sustained moderate injuries as a result of the accident.
According to reports, Lohan and friends were leaving the Ivy Restaurant after having lunch and then went shopping. The group was being followed, and paparazzi were outside the window of the store they were shopping in. A witness reports that Lohan quickly fled the scene when she noticed the paparazzi and was speeding when she hit another vehicle. The other car she hit was attempting to make a U-turn to park. As a result of the accident, the van spun around on the street and then hit a parked vehicle.
Sources say there was smoke everywhere, and although Lohan only sustained minor injuries physically, she was shaken up as a result of the accident. Witnesses say she appeared to be upset.
Shaken from the accident and in an attempt to hide from the paparazzi following the collision, Lohan reportedly hid inside an antique store located near the scene of the accident before being transported to the hospital.
An unnamed source who is close to Lohan points out that once again, this specific accident was another example of how paparazzi can endanger others. It certainly isn’t the first time that paparazzi have been accused of causing tragic automobile accidents. For Lohan specifically, this was the second time in 2005 that she was involved in a car accident as a direct result of paparazzi. In fact, the photographer involved in the earlier 2005 crash was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after hitting Lohan’s vehicle while allegedly following her, Los Angeles police have reported.
Raymundo Ortega, the man who was driving the van that Lohan crashed into, pressed charges against Lohan shortly after the accident. In his lawsuit, he alleges that Lohan was intoxicated when the accident occurred, but Lohan denied these allegations. Lohan also claims that Ortega is the one who caused the accident for attempting to make an illegal U-turn, and filed her own countersuit. The legal battle was eventually settled between the parties in 2008 for an undisclosed amount.
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