Following his car accident on Interstate 5 in Orange County on April 13, 2018, Will Ferrell, 50, made his first public appearance at We Day California.
According to People, Ferrell entertained the crowd at We Day, which was hosted by John Stamos, by asking Macey Hensley—a seven-year-old who made headlines by appearing on the Ellen Degeneres Show—a series of questions about American presidents. After impressing the actor with her answers, he told the gifted child, “I think you could totally be president one day.”
The Anchorman actor's representative told People at the time of the accident, “While traveling back to Los Angeles after hosting a voter registration event in San Diego, a car carrying Will Ferrell and three of his colleagues was struck on the freeway by another vehicle.”
The accident involved a two-car collision in which Ferrell’s SUV flipped over. There were three other passengers in his car. According to the police report, the driver of the other car, a 22-year-old male driver who was driving northbound at 11:00 p.m., veered into the left lane which caused Ferrell’s SUV to hit the center median and turn over.
Two of the passengers were injured, while Ferrell, who was seen being carried into an ambulance sitting up and talking on the phone, was unhurt. He was released shortly after from the hospital and was said to be "doing fine."
The day after the accident, United Talent Agency, which represents Ferrell, released the following statement, "Will and his colleague, Andrew Steele, were unhurt and have been released from an Orange County hospital. Will’s longtime driver, Mark Thompson, and his other colleague Carolina Barlow, remain hospitalized in stable condition. Will is staying close by as his friends are being treated, and has expressed his deep gratitude to the first responders who were immediately at the scene and to the hospital team that took such great care of them. He’s also grateful for all the well wishes he and his friends are receiving.”
One of the women injured in the accident still remains hospitalized but is expected to recover. According to Captain Steve Concialdi of The Orange County Fire Authority, she was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision.