The first reports I saw about Gene Hackman being in a car accident made it seem like he was fighting for his life and seconds away from death. Why is it when a celebrity gets into any kind of accident, 99% of the time the announcement is way more serious than the reality of the situation. Case in point with Gene.
Gene was hit by a car while riding his bike. That could be dangerous and he was allegedly airlifted to a trauma unit which would seem to say that he was near death. The reality is though that Gene was released from the hospital after a couple of hours and had some bumps and bruises after a woman in a car bumped the back of his bike while she was driving slowly and accidentally knocked the bike over.