Jay Leno has had a fortunate life, spending years as a successful late-night talk-show host and stand-up comedian while also pursuing his passion as an automotive enthusiast and hosting his own related TV show. Unfortunately, Leno has had a run of bad luck recently, including two car accidents that have landed him in the hospital. In an interview, he revealed that the most recent incident occurred on January 17, when he crashed a vintage motorcycle and broke several bones.
- Jay Leno broke several bones in a motorcycle crash earlier this month, as revealed in an interview with the comedian yesterday by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
- Leno said he was riding a vintage 1940 Indian motorcycle when he got unexpectedly clotheslined in a parking lot and knocked off the bike.
- The accident happened not long after Leno was seriously burned by a car fire in November.
Leno spoke to the Las Vegas Review-Journal yesterday and confirmed that he was fine. The 72-year-old also described the crash, which occurred while he was riding a 1940 Indian motorcycle.
“So I turned down a side street and cut through a parking lot, and unbeknownst to me, some guy had a wire strung across the parking lot but with no flag hanging from it,” Leno told the Review-Journal. “So, you know, I didn’t see it until it was too late. It just clotheslined me and, boom, knocked me off the bike.”
This video from the popular Jay Leno’s Garage series features Leno showing his 1940 Indian Four with a sidecar—”a good old girl,” as Leno called it—which may or may not be the bike on which he had the accident, but which is part of his extensive vehicle collection.
The motorcycle accident comes just a few months after Leno was severely burned by a car. A 1907 White Model G steam car was also involved in that incident. After a 10-day stay in the hospital, Leno was released in late November and stated that he would continue outpatient treatment to recover from burns.