What should have been a festive weekend for Joan Hyler took a gravely downbeat turn late Friday when the veteran talent manager/agent/producer was struck by a car in Malibu while parking her own on the Pacific Coast Highway. Hyler was hospitalized in critical condition the night before her client Portia de Rossi's marriage to Ellen DeGeneres; she remains listed as such in the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center's intensive-care unit. Details are still thin, but reports this weekend noted that Hyler — whose list of former clients at William Morris includes Madonna, Bob Dylan and Andy Warhol — was hit and thrown by a passing car at an undisclosed location on the highway. She was apparently en route to a party, "clutching a piece of paper with a friend's address on it" when the accident occurred; the friend and Hyler's family were notified almost immediately. Her family has since established a series of regular updates on the hospital Web site (membership required, alas), documenting her progress as evident but expectedly slow:
The reports are more encouraging, but Joan is not out of the woods yet. There are plenty of positive signs, but still a lot of unknowns, so it’s a wait and see scenario. Medically, it is way too complicated to describe, but from a non-professional, here are the positive signs: —Joan does not need any more blood. She did go through 40 units, however, and the medical staff here was quick to suggest that people who want to participate in her recovery, emotionally, should give blood to replenish the blood bank supply. ... —We’re going in and talking to Joan. She seems to be responding. I spent some time davening schachris (praying the morning prayers), and she stirred a lot, which I took as a sign that she understood something of what was going on. While I was there, the critical care support team came in to do an assessment, and did “move your right hand, left hand, toes” etc. And the appropriate parts of the body moved, to the small extent possible!
Still no word, however, on the circumstances of the crash itself, particularly the identity and condition of the other driver or if any charges are expected; the update also notes that a preliminary police report is expected in two weeks. We'll pass word along as we have it; best to Hyler in the meantime. [Photo Credit: WireImage]