'Homeland' and '24' EP Howard Gordon Sued Over Fatal Car Accident

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The family of a man struck by Gordon's wife in 2011 is seeking damages from the producer's family.

Howard Gordon, executive producer of Showtime's Homeland and the upcoming NBC drama Awake, is being sued by the family of a man who Gordan's wife fatally hit with her car in 2011.

Cambria Lee Gordon struck 83-year-old pedestrian William Howard Smerling in Santa Monica, California, on July 20 of last year. He was hospitalized but later died.

Now, as TMZ first reported, Smerling's family are seeking damages for his death.

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Mrs. Gordon took her eyes off the wheel when her cell phone fell off the seat and onto her car's floor. She immediately stopped on the scene and has since fully cooperated with law enforcement. Since both Gordon and his wife are registered owners of the vehicle, they're both being sued.

Only Mrs. Gordon faces misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charges, for which the maximum punishment is one year in jail.

Homeland was recently nominated for three Golden Globe awards and three Writers Guild of America awards.

Gordon previously served as showrunner on Fox's 24.