Last night Star Trek The Next Generation’s Geordi La Forge was involved in a five car accident in Los Angeles. According to reports the actor was treated at a local hospital and released and no tickets were issue for the accident. More details on that below, plus news on a premiere of Burton’s new film "Reach for Me".
Burton OK after accident
According to the report at KTLA:
Burton was driving his 2006 Mercedes on Beverly Boulevard in West Los Angeles Monday night when a 74-year-old woman in a 2006 Scion turned left in front of him, according to Los Angeles Police Detective Judy Acosta.
The cars collided, sending Burton’s Mercedes into a parked car, and then into two more parked cars, according to Acosta.
Both drivers complained of pain and were taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where they were treated and released. Neither suffered serious injury.
Both cars sustained major damage…No one was ticketed in the crash.
UPDATE: Burton Tweets about accident w/ pic
This afternoon Burton updated his Twitter page with the following:
Woke up feeling like I was hit by a car. Oh wait, I was..Thanks for all of your thoughts, prayers & good wishes!
He also tweeted this picture from the scene.
Burton’s "Reach for Me" at LA Downtown Film Festival
In totally unrelated Burton news, it was just announced that “Reach for Me” a new film directed by Burton, will be the ‘Centerpiece Gala film’ at the 2009 Downtown Film Festival. The film will be shown at a red carpet event on Friday, August 14th, 2009. Some Trek celebs are expected to attend, including Chase Masterson (who is on the board for the Festival) as well as Burton’s TNG co-stars Marina Sirtis and Michael Dorn. Seymour Cassel, The star of "Reach for Me" (and also guest starred in the TNG episode “The Child”), will be also presented with the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Also attending with by Cassel’s “Reach for Me” co-star Alfre Woodard, another Trek vet (“First Contact”).
“Reach for Me’” (2008, USA, 89 minutes) follows Alvin (Seymour Cassel), a bitter man confined to the Valley Meadow Hospice who unexpectedly discovers the joys of life and its many intricacies. Ready to pass away after a disappointing life, he is interrupted by the vivacious young man named Kevin (Johnny Whitworth), a new patient and roommate who loves to live life to the fullest. Kevin and his girlfriend Sarah (Lacey Chabert)do their best to make Alvin’s life meaningful in his last few days and even get him to fall in love for the first time with Valerie (Adrienne Barbeau). Setting all the wheels in motion for the intersecting relationships is head nurse Evelyn (Alfre Woodard). Here is a trailer for the film.
More info on the Downtown Film Festival at dffla.com.
More information on "Reach for Me" at the official site.