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Joel's ex-wife says this isn't the first car crash

Thursday 30 January 2003 @ 6:15 - GMT

It appears this was not Billy Joel's first car crash. In the wake of Billy Joel's weekend car crash, ex-wife Christie Brinkley expressed concerns Tuesday about their teenage daughter riding in a car with him.

In a statement released by her publicist, Brinkley, 48, commented on her ex-husband's driving and their 17-year-old daughter, Alexa Ray.

"The seat Alexa was sitting in only hours before this latest crash was completely decimated,'' Brinkley said. "I'm worried about Billy, but like any mother would be, I am alarmed and concerned about my child's safety by this frightening pattern of accidents.''

Brinkley was photographed Sunday taking her own pictures of the demolished car near the Sag Harbor firehouse.

Billy, who owns a home in East Hampton, swerved into the tree as he drove south along Route 114 in Sag Harbor Saturday about 10:30 p.m., Sag Harbor Village Police Chief Thomas Fabiano said.

Joel escaped serious injury in a similar crash in East Hampton last June.

He later checked into a New Canaan, Conn., substance abuse and psychiatric center, reportedly after becoming "very depressed'' when a respiratory infection forced him to cut short a tour with fellow piano player Elton John.

It is now understood that in the latest crash, Billy reportedly sustained minor facial cuts, reported the New York Daily News.

No charges were filed against the musician, police Officer Hugh Caulfield told the Associated Press, January 28, 2003. Joel wasn't given a Breathalyser test, the officer added.

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