Reality ironically mirrored fiction, though in a somewhat different form, when actor Luke Bigham — who played Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) at the age of ten in Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) — caused a five-car crash in Trussville, Alabama, by driving recklessly, according to a report by ABC3340.com and other sources, like NBCSports.com.
Reportedly, on Wednesday, Luke Bigham was driving at speeds of up to 85 miles an hour on Main Street at Chalkville Mountain Road in his hometown of Trussville, Alabama, at the time of the five-car accident. Bigham was driving at over two times the posted speed limit of 35 mph.
According to Trussville police chief Don Sivley, the car that Luke Bigham was driving, a Lexus 65350, allegedly struck another car, then spun around out of control and collided into three other vehicles.
Luke Bigham was one of the three people who were injured in the five-vehicle wreck. He was the only person with significant enough injuries to be taken by ambulance to the hospital, though his injuries were relatively minor.
Learning that he had an arrest warrant out for him, Luke Bigham turned himself in the next night, Thursday at 10:50 p.m., and was charged with misdemeanor reckless driving. He was not jailed, but was released after putting up the money for a $1,000 bond and having been processed by the police.
According to Sivley, Bigham will be required to show up and face the charge of reckless driving against him at the Trussville Municipal Court. A famous line of dialogue from Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby spoken by Ricky Bobby’s estranged father, Reese Bobby (Gary Cole), when he shows up at his son’s school one day is “If you ain’t first, you’re last.”
The young Ricky Bobby, played by Bigham, repeats the advice, and it becomes his words to live by throughout his NASCAR career. Luke Bigham found out, though, that fast driving on city streets can get a person to have a warrant put out for him.
Besides having played a younger, 10-year-old version of Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights, his IMDB page states that Luke Bigham also acted in two episodes of the TV series Eastside and Down (2009).
Just eight years after having appeared in Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, actor Luke Bigham still seems to be influenced by fast driving, just like Ricky Bobby was — unfortunately, his most recent example of driving fast didn’t take place on a race track, but rather, on Main Street in Trussville, Alabama. The fast driving, at speeds that were allegedly more than twice that of the posted speed limit, also resulted in his Lexus going out of control and Bigham causing a five-vehicle wreck.
The police are still investigating the case, and possibly gathering further evidence against actor Luke Bigham. The aftermath of the wreck was documented in the brief surveillance video that follows. In it, the Lexus that Luke Bigham was driving spins out of control, and car parts go flying off through the air. Check it out, and leave any comments below!
Written by: Douglas Cobb
Luke Bigham Five-Car Wreck Video Courtesy of YouTube