Monday, February 18, 2013

Famous and Infamous Celebrity Car Wrecks

I have done a few lists in the past such as Famous Cars From TV and the Movies and Ugliest Cars but let's go a little more humorous and a touch darker with this next one. Celebrity car wrecks are huge news even though the celebrities themselves prefer and at times try to hide them. Some are funny and some are both tragic and sad, all are memorable.

1. Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay is always finding her way into the news and rarely is it good news for the troubled star. Lohan has been involved in a few high profile crashes. In June of 2012 the actress wrecked a rented Porsche. Lohan claimed that her assistant was driving the vehicle and later changed her story that there was a mechanical brake failure. Way to go Lindsay!


Back in 2005 Lindsay Lohan also crashed a black Mercedes convertible while she was trying to avoid paparazzi.
2. Eddie Griffin
In 2009 actor and comedian Eddie Griffin wrecked a rare Ferrari Enzo worth $1.5 million into a concrete barrier. The comedian was practicing for a charity race to promote his upcoming film, "Redline," when he drove too fast around a curve and smashed into a divide. After the wreck, Griffin had this to say: "Undercover Brother's good at karate and all the rest of that, but the brother can't drive." Only 400 Ferrari Enzos were ever produced, all between 2002 and 2004.

3. Jay Kay
Jay Kay is the Grammy Award-winning English musician, best known as the lead singer of the acid jazz band Jamiroquai. Kay is an avid exotic car collector and has had multiple run-ins with the law for having a heavy foot. In 2006 Jay Kay wrecked his purple Lamborghini Diablo.

4. Rowan Atkinson
Britt comedian and actor Rowan Atkinson best known in America as the lead in the Mr. Bean and Johnny English films. Atkinson has a McLaren F1 which is one of the quickest production vehicles ever made. Atkinson has managed to get into two accidents with the McLaren, and this is the most recent, where he lost control, hit a tree and the car broke out into flames.
5. Nick Hogan

In 2007 Nick "Hogan" Bollea was driving his father's (former WWE professional wrestling superstar Hulk Hogan) 1998 Toyota Supra; well not just driving, but street racing, when he lost control striking a raised rear median, spinning around and hitting a palm tree. He was sentenced
in May 2008 to eight months in jail after he pleaded no contest to reckless driving.  He also received five years of probation and surrendered his driving privileges for three years. His passenger, John Grazino, an Iraq war veteran, spent several weeks in a medically induced coma, was in the hospital for over two years before he was released and will probably need 24 hour care the rest of his life. Kids... street racing is bad... take it to the track.
6. Ryan Dunn
In 2011 Ryan Dunn, one of the stars of MTV's "Jackass" was on his way home with a friend driving at a high rate of speed when it struck a guardrail and tumbled into a nearby wooded area. The Porsche 911 GT3 was believed to be going nearly 140mph when it hit the guardrail and came to rest in the woods and became engulfed in flames, killing both occupants. Alcohol is believed to be a factor according to the official toxicology report.
7. James Dean
Probably the most famous celebrity wreck was the 1955 crash that took the life of "Rebel Without a Cause" star. Dean was driving his new Porsche 550 Spyder to an auto rally when he was involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle. Dean was killed in the vehicle while his passenger and mechanic Rolf Wuetherich was thrown from the car and suffered serious head injuries and a broken leg. The driver of the other vehicle, a 1950 Ford Tutor, received only minor injuries. After the wreck Dean's crumpled Porsche 550 was toured around the United States as part of a driver's safety presentation. Between two of the stops the car vanished and as of yet has not been located. A one-million dollar award has been offered to anyone who may have the vehicle, but as of yet is has not been located. The mystery of James Dean's Porsche 550 has a ton of legend surrounding it. As legend goes, parts of the ill-fated vehicle were sold and used on other vehicles and in turn those drivers met with injury due to accident and in some cases even their demise.