Actor Alan Ruck Faces Lawsuit Over Hollywood Pizzeria Crash: Motorist Seeks Damages

Los Angeles – December 7, 2023

Actor Alan Ruck Faces Lawsuit Over Hollywood Pizzeria Crash

Renowned actor Alan Ruck, best known for his roles in “Succession” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” is facing legal action after a Los Angeles motorist filed a lawsuit against him on Thursday. The plaintiff, Horacio Vela, alleges that Ruck’s involvement in a multi-vehicle collision in Hollywood on Oct. 31 led to severe injuries and the destruction of Vela’s vehicle.

Attorneys representing Vela are pursuing unspecified damages from Ruck, citing negligence on the part of the actor, as outlined in a 7-page complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.

The incident occurred around “9 p.m. on Oct. 31 at the intersection of La Brea Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard,” resulting in substantial damage to Raffallo’s Pizzeria. Los Angeles Fire officials reported a three-vehicle collision, with one vehicle’s front end colliding with a small commercial building. Ambulances were dispatched for two individuals, one of whom, a 32-year-old man, was transported to the hospital.

According to Vela’s complaint, he was stationary at a red light when his Hyundai Elantra was forcefully struck by a Rivian R1T pickup truck, later identified as driven by Alan Ruck. The impact reportedly propelled Vela’s vehicle into the intersection, resulting in a collision with another vehicle making a turn onto La Brea Avenue. Following the incident, Vela was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and his damaged vehicle was towed from the scene.

Vela’s attorneys assert that he lost consciousness during the collision and was subsequently diagnosed with a subdural hematoma. The aftermath has left him with memory issues, fogginess, and dizziness—symptoms indicative of a brain injury, according to his legal representation.

Security camera footage allegedly shows Ruck’s Rivian pickup rear-ending a car at a stoplight, colliding with a BMW SUV, and partially entering the pizzeria. NeamaRahmani, an attorney for Vela, stated, “Accidents happen. That’s what insurance is for. But Alan Ruck’s insurance company, State Farm, has refused to accept responsibility for the crash.”

Rahmani added, “Ruck says he doesn’t know what happened, and the Los Angeles Police Department says it was a vehicle issue while Rivian, the manufacturer, says the truck was working properly. In this case, multiple people were hit, and a business was damaged. We believe Ruck is responsible for the damages, and we filed a lawsuit to subpoena evidence and witnesses to prove our case.”

The legal developments surrounding this collision are likely to garner increased attention, with implications not only for the individuals involved but also for the broader discourse on accountability in traffic incidents involving public figures.

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