October 5, 2009

Richie hospitalized after car collision

Former TV personality Nicole Richie was taken to a Los Angeles hospital Monday after her car was rear-ended by a vehicle driven by paparazzi, police said.

Richie is the daughter of singer Lionel Richie and the longtime girlfriend of musician Joel Madden, with whom she has two young children. She co-starred on the TV reality series, The Simple Life, with Paris Hilton.

Ms. Richie was driving with a passenger around 2 p.m. when she was struck by two photographers driving in one vehicle behind her, Lt. Tony Lee of the Beverly Hills Police told People.com. She complained of pain, and her passenger is transporting her to a local hospital. Her car sustained moderate damage. No paramedics were called to the scene.

Lee said the driver of the other vehicle was arrested because officers could not verify his identification.

He's being physically brought into the station. This will likely be a misdemeanor traffic violation, and the photographer's vehicle will be towed, he told People.com.

Richie's two children were not in the car at the time of the collision, the report said.