Lindsay Lohan accident video sheds little light on N.Y. incident
The release of a videotape related to allegations that Lindsay Lohan hit a pedestrian and then fled from the scene did little to shed light on the case.
The New York Police Department released the tape Thursday. The security tape blurs out the identities of pedestrians on the street as Lohan drives by, so it is hard to make out what's going on. One pedestrian is seen following Lohan's car as it moves out of view, but it's unclear who that person is.
The portion of the video shows Lohan driving up a ramp near an alley in the Chelsea neighborhood.
Lohan tweeted Thursday evening: "No more ramps."
Sources familiar with the case say the security video should aid in her defense, because even if she grazed a person, the contact was so minor that she would not have been aware of it. Lohan was arrested on suspicion of leaving an accident scene.
Lohan was detained by police at 2:25 a.m. Wednesday as she left the Dream Hotel, a 315-room luxury Manhattan hotel with a nightclub.
About two hours earlier, she had been driving a black Porsche Cayenne SUV in an alley near the hotel when she allegedly hit a 34-year-old pedestrian. She did not stop and proceeded to enter the hotel.
But the pedestrian complained that the actress' slow-moving SUV hit his knee, police said. The pedestrian, police said, called authorities and was treated at a local hospital. When Lohan returned, she was arrested, was given a citation ordering her to appear in court, and was released.
Lohan herself retweeted a TMZ story Wednesday evening that the video suggests the victim exaggerated the incident and that detectives could not agree whether the car had even struck him.
The actress' publicist dismissed the allegations. "While some of the facts are still being gathered, it appears that this is much ado about nothing," Steve Honig said. "We are confident this matter will be cleared up in the coming weeks, and the claims being made against Lindsay will be proven untrue."The 26-year-old "Mean Girls" star has had numerous arrests and served brief jail sentences and is on probation for shoplifting a necklace in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles city prosecutors said that if she did leave the scene of an accident, an L.A. judge could determine it was a violation of her probation terms, which could mean more jail time or community service.
Lohan has been trying to put her much-chronicled legal troubles behind her and resume her acting career with the TV movie "Liz and Dick."
-- Richard Winton