Two days ago it was reported that Meghan Markle‘s half-sister Samantha Grant was injured in a paparazzi car accident. Samantha, who is already in a wheelchair because of her MS, supposedly broke her ankle and fractured her knee. Her boyfriend Mark Phillips told TMZ that paparazzi swerved in front of them so he swerved off the road and hit a concrete barrier near a toll booth.
But now Florida Highway Patrol is doubting that an accident even happened. According to the Daily Mail, patrol officers scoured their database for details of the crash and they saw the TMZ report, but they couldn’t find anything.
“Even if they hit a stationary property such as a wall under Florida law you are required to report that to law enforcement,” Lt. Kim Montes told Daily Mail. Lt. Montes then further explained that if you don’t report such an accident then it’s considered a hit and run. If the accident did happen Mark could be guilty of a hit and run misdemeanor for not reporting the accident, which is punishable by up to two months in jail.
Lt. Montes reached out to TMZ for more details. The gossip site told her the accident happened along Interstate 4, a 133-mile highway between Tampa and Daytona Beach. The interstate doesn’t have a single toll booth. The site couldn’t provide an exact time of when the crash happened.
Authorities then widened their search to all major roads surrounding Ocala, where Grant lives. “We looked for three hours last night. She lives in Ocala but there’s no toll roads in Ocala,” Lt. Montes said.
“We checked by her name, we checked by his name and we didn’t find any reports. So we don’t know if this actually happened,” she said. “We can’t find any reports basically from all of central Florida. We can’t find a report by name or a scenario that was similar to this.”
On top of the potential two months in jail for not reporting the alleged accident, Phillips will have to pay a fine of $500. TMZ reported that Grant hit the windshield of the car when they crashed. Lt. Montes says this implicates that she wasn’t wearing a seatbelt which would be a $30 fine.
Grant has been making the media rounds to talk about her half-sister’s wedding to Prince Harry. Grant isn’t invited to the wedding.