MISSION VIEJO — Actor Jan-Michael Vincent was hospitalized with a broken neck Monday after rear-ending his girlfriend's Cadillac and hitting a traffic signal, authorities said.
Sheriff's officials said Vincent, 52, was following his girlfriend, 28-year-old Nicole Wallace, to her mother's house at Lake Mission Viejo when his 1988 Mazda rear-ended her 1985 Cadillac. Vincent then spun out of control and struck a traffic signal.
Wallace and her two sons, ages 5 and 6, were not injured in the accident, authorities said.
Vincent and Wallace live a short distance from the scene of the accident.
The extent of Vincent's injuries were unknown Monday, but a sheriff's spokeswoman said they were "non-life threatening." He was reported to be in the intensive care unit with a broken neck.
With his tough demeanor and bad-boy eyes, Vincent, who most recently co-starred in the low-budget 1995 film, "The Ice Cream Man," won roles playing men with an edge, misunderstood except by the women who love them. His career has been hampered by off-camera problems, including substance abuse and arrests for domestic violence.