Priestley says he doesn't recall near-fatal crash. In his first interview since his racetrack collision, the recuperating actor talks of his grueling physical therapy regimen and the possibility that he may never race again

By Gary Susman
September 05, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

Jason Priestley is expected to leave the hospital within 10 days, but it’ll be a long time before he’s back on his feet, and he may never get behind the wheel of a race car again. That’s frustrating, he told the Indianapolis Star on Wednesday in his first interview since his near-fatal pre-race crash in Kentucky on Aug. 11. ”The frustration is [based on] not being in a race car right now,” the former ”Beverly Hills 90210” star said. ”But other than that, it’s not been that bad.” Of his six-hours-daily regimen of physical therapy, he said, ”Rehab is way too hard, but you don’t mind the work so much when you know it’s going to pay you back ten-fold.”

The paper, which spoke to Priestley at an Indianapolis hospital whose name has not been disclosed to protect his privacy, said Priestley has a brace on his chest, a pin in his back, and casts on his feet. In the crash, he suffered fractures in his back, his feet, his right eardrum, and around his eyes and ears. He suffered no memory loss except for the accident itself and the days surrounding it. Of the crash, he said, ”I know it was a big one and there were some bad things that happened.”

The actor had raced as a sideline for several years. In the days after Priestley skidded on a patch of oil-absorbing pellets and skidded into both the outer and inner walls of the speedway, his Kelley Racing team manager called him a fighter and said he expected Priestley to race again. But Priestley said he was no longer sure he would drive a race car ever again. ”I want to get healthy and see how my feet work before I decide,” the 33-year-old said. ”The most important thing is that I focus on getting better so I can go home. I have to keep my eye on the prize.”

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