Kevin Hart is back at work month after the auto crash

Brenda Watkins
October 12, 2019

It has been determined that reckless driving was the cause of Kevin Hart's near-fatal accident in California, which resulted in the star requiring months of physical rehabilitation and major surgeries to fix his back.

As ET previously reported, Rebecca Broxterman and Hart were passengers in the comedian's auto, a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda, that crashed at 12:45 a.m. on September 1 near Calabasas, California.

The vehicle then careened down an embankment and slammed into a tree, the report said. According to the CHP's investigators, further evidence collected from the Plymouth indicated no one had been wearing a seat belt.

Kevin was then hospitalized for "major back injuries" and had to undergo surgery, and was discharged 10 days after the crash to recover in a rehab facility. Hart is limiting his professional commitments but expects to be back at work by the beginning of next year, Brettler said. But even if the passengers had been properly strapped at the time of the crash, cops say the belts "were being worn improperly due to excessive slack in the belts", TMZ reported.

Attorney Andrew Brettler told Entertainment Weekly in a statement that Hart won't return to work fully until 2020, despite doing a promotional photo shoot for Jumanji: The Next Level last week. It said he violated the law, but it didn't say whether he would face charges.

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First and foremost, the accident report has determined the cause of the crash was human error and not some sort of malfunction.

Eniko Parrish, left, and Kevin Hart arrive at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., on January 10, 2016.

Hart's forgiveness is admirable, seeing as the California Highway Patrol places the blame exclusively on Jared. A source later told ET that Hart fractured his spine in three places as a result of the vehicle accident.

And hours before the crash, he wrote that he was happy to be home.

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