David Cassidy faces hit and run charges after the former teenage idol was in a car accident that he fled. Depressed as ownership of his once-beloved home vanished in a bankruptcy auction, David now is looking at criminal charges following Cassidy’s alleged involvement in the hit-and-run accident, reported the Los Angeles Times.
The bankruptcy auction and David’s reported car crash occurred on September 9. Cassidy, famed both as a singing sensation and star of The Partridge Family, abandoned the accident scene after sideswiping a big rig. The accident occurred just before noon on a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, highway, and an observer saw David speeding and unable to remain in the correct lane.
The 2014 Kia Sportage driven by Cassidy suffered side damage as well as a flat tire from the hit-and-run. David, 65, allegedly informed police he and the big rig driver had provided each other with details but that he left because of a doctor’s appointment, which was not related to the car brouhaha.
However, an observer told a different story to police, who discovered David’s car at a clinic. Cassidy, according to that witness, made a brief halt in an an attempt to disguise his license plate before fleeing the hit and run scene.
Although David did not undergo drug or alcohol testing, Cassidy faces charges that include driving on a suspended license, improper lane change, expired tags, and leaving the scene of an accident.
The once-golden-haired teen idol has faded not only from the September bankruptcy auction and criminal charges from the car accident. He was arrested on a DWI in summer, 2013, which resulted in a May sentence that included a $900 fine, installing an ignition interlock gadget so that David couldn’t start his auto if he was drunk, and a six-month driver’s license suspension. On the day of the hit-and-run, Cassidy’s suspended license remained in effect.
As the Inquisitr reported, David recently was interviewed and asked about his bankruptcy in a way that ruffled the Partridge Family star’s feathers.
Cassidy was questioned as to whether the auction of his Florida mansion would help with his debts.
“Are you trying to rubbish me? When you declare bankruptcy in this country, it’s something you do in order to reorganize what you have, your assets, so I’m not going to discuss that.”
But David also denied that the auctioning of his home was related to his bankruptcy.
“It had nothing to do with declaring bankruptcy, that was a totally separate issue. I’m doing it because I’m in the middle of a divorce,” insisted Cassidy.
But David sang a sweeter tune when talking about his love for that mansion, while seeking to put the past that includes alcoholism and rehab stays behind him, reported NBC Miami.
Purchased in 2011 for $1.1 million, the mansion benefited from an additional million poured by Cassidy into a house filled with memories. And that includes the exterior, which features a fuchsia bougainvillea plant that’s 50-years-old.
“I put so much time and love and energy into this,” said David.
Cassidy has used gardening to help him recover from the past, including the problems with alcohol abuse as well as now divorce and bankruptcy. In 2011, David’s license also was suspended for a six-month period following his plea of no contest to DUI charges in Florida.
In 2014, Cassidy began an alcohol rehabilitation program, and last year, David’s wife began divorce proceedings. The two had been married for 23 years.
But despite all that, Cassidy continues to tour, and his guitars and pianos were not auctioned off. David’s future plans include an album of songs learned from Jack Cassidy, his actor/singer dad, a Christmas album, finalizing the divorce, paying back his creditors after selling his assets, and finding love again.
David revealed that he has a gal pal who is an interior designer.
“If you were alone in my situation, I think you’d be very unhappy,” contended Cassidy.
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