In 1987, Matthew Broderick was behind the wheel in Ireland when he crashed head-on with another car. The incident resulted in the death of two people, Anna Gallagher, 30, and her mother, Margaret Doherty, 63. Broderick spent about a month in the hospital for his own injuries, but ultimately walked away from the accident with only a $175 fine. Even worse, the initial charge of reckless driving was reduced to careless driving — talk about celebrity status!
15 years later, The New York Post reported that Broderick was planning to meet with the family members of the victims, who seemed ready to forgive and move on. “He didn’t kill my mother and sister deliberately,” Martin Doherty told the Post. “There were strong feelings at the time, but I have since forgiven him and feel no anger toward him.”