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Clermont DUI charges filed against driver in accident involving 'The Rock's' family

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Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 12:00 pm

Clermont police have filed DUI and other traffic related charges with the State Attorney’s Office against a driver involved in an accident on Aug. 2 that sent Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s mother, Ata Johnson, and her passenger to South Lake Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Johnson posted on his Facebook page that his cousin was the passenger.

“My mom and cousin (Lina Fanene) were struck head on by a drunk drive r this week — they survived,” Johnson posted Sunday. “My first reaction was to find the person who did this and do unrelenting harm to them. But then you realize the most important thing is that my family lived thru this and we can hug each other that much tighter these days.”

Around 9:35 p.m. on Aug. 2, a vehicle fled from a police officer trying to stop it for having a believed-to-be impaired driver, according to a press release from the department.

The accident took place in the southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 27 just north of Hooks Street and the officer identified the vehicle that had fled from him, the release states. That driver was also taken to South Lake Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the release.

The case is still under investigation and police are waiting for a response from the State Attorney’s Office, the release states.

Dwayne Johnson’s uncle, Afa “The Wild Samoan” Anoa’i, told the website TMZ that both women were driving home from a fundraiser their family runs every year to provide scholarships for at-risk children when the accident occurred. Anoa’i, a World Wrestling Entertainment hall of famer, also operates WXW Wrestling in Minneola and was driving behind the women when the accident occurred.

“I thank God that everybody is okay, including the other person who caused the crash, but I feel very emotional still because this is more than that,” Anoa’i told The Daily Commercial Monday. “When things like this happen, they make you realize that life is very short, that anything can happen at a moment’s notice.

“It makes you see things differently and changes the way you think because most of the time, we walk around thinking things like this can never happen to us. But they can like that night.”

Anoa’i said Ata was at South Lake Hospital and was then transferred to another hospital in Orlando before being released to go home to Miami. Once there in Miami, however, Anoa’i said Ata Johnson did undergo surgery.

Fanene, currently a Diva trainee at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, injured her arm during the accident, according to a Newsday story.

Anoa’i said he and his family will be starting a campaign about drinking and driving.

“I am starting a campaign to be aware,” he said. “I am worried about my family but this can happen to anyone. I want to tell people that you can have a drink but if you do, don’t drive. Call someone, call a taxi, but don’t drive because you can hurt yourself and hurt others.”

Dwayne Johnson is a former WWE Champion. He has been in numerous films, including “Hercules” in movie theaters now. Some of his other film credits include “Walking Tall,” “Tooth Fairy,” “Fast & Furious 6,” “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” and “The Scorpion King,” according to the website imdb.com.

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