The 26-year-old actor, who played Tweener on the Fox drama, was driving two 15-year-old girls and a 17-year-old boy in his SUV Saturday night, when the vehicle jumped a curb and hit a tree in Beverly Hills.
Garrison escaped the crash with minor injuries. Both girls were also said to be injured—one critically. The teenaged boy was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Police said Monday that Garrison appeared to have been drinking before the crash, but that he was not immediately arrested at the scene.
“Mr. Garrison displayed symptoms of alcohol intoxication and the investigation into Mr. Garrison’s impairment is ongoing,” Beverly Hills Police Lieutenant Mitch McCann said in a statement Monday. “In addition to noting Mr. Garrison’s symptoms, investigators also removed alcohol containers from the SUV, which was registered to Mr. Garrison.”
Because they were underage, none of the teens were identified. About 50 mourners gathered at the site of the accident Sunday night, bearing candles and flowers.
On hearing of the accident, Jessica Simpson, who grew up with Garrison in Texas, issued a statement on her family’s behalf.
“We love Lane very much and our thoughts and prayers are with him now,” Simpson said through her rep.
It was the second car accident involving Garrison in recent weeks. While leaving a Los Angeles hotspot in October, he hit another car at a stoplight in an incident captured by paparazzi cameras. (Video of the fender-bender is online at TMZ.com.)
Posted Monday, December 4th, 2006 at 11:23pm
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