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Why You Don’t Race Your Corvette on the Streets

by Keith Cornett on February 21, 2011

This is Why You Don't Race Your Corvette on the Streets

The driver of this 1998 Corvette was allegedly racing another vehicle (article says Corvette, we heard Mustang) in Long Beach. Apparently a street light turned red and the other car stopped, but the Corvette blew the light at 100 mph, hitting a Toyota Cressida which sheered it in half. Miraculously, no one was seriously injured in the crash. No charges were filed at the scene against the Corvette driver, but police are still investigating.

When you look at these photos, its really unbelievable that these people weren’t killed. The child in Toyota was supposed to be in the back in a car seat but wasn’t on that day and it probably saved his life. When the Corvette hit the Toyota, the back half of the car sheered off and was thrown 75 feet through the air, cutting a tree in half and crashing down an embankment.

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Here is the story from the Long Beach Press-Telegram:

LONG BEACH: Woman, son and Corvette driver have moderate injuries.

Racing may have been a factor in an incredible crash Wednesday that saw the driver of a Corvette slam into another car, shearing it in half, police said Thursday.

The collision, which occurred shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday, destroyed both vehicles and left emergency crews called to the scene astonished that no one was killed.

Long Beach firefighters and police were called to the location at East Spring Street next to the San Gabriel (605) River Freeway and found part of a 1992 Toyota Cressida on the road, with the back half of car ripped off and hurled down a nearby embankment.

The 27-year-old driver of the Toyota and her 9-year-old son were freed from what remained of their car by firefighters and taken to a local hospital with mild to moderate injuries, authorities said Wednesday.

“Miraculously, they just had bumps and bruises,” Long Beach Police Sgt. Rico Fernandez said Thursday.

The driver of the 1998 Corvette suffered similar injuries, he added.

“We do have one witness that said they saw this Corvette racing another Corvette at the time of the crash,” the sergeant said.

The preliminary investigation found the driver of the 1998 Corvette was traveling at about 100 miles per hour when he allegedly blew through a red light on Spring at the northbound entrance to the 605.

The driver of the Toyota was turning onto the freeway on-ramp when the Corvette slammed into the side of her car, splitting it in two.

Though the driver of the Corvette was not arrested at the scene, the crash remains under investigation, Fernandez said

Despite totaling his Corvette and possibly facing jail and fines, this driver was extremely lucky that everyone walked away. So let these pictures be a lesson for you. If you want to race your Corvette, take it the track.


Source:
Press Telegram via Digital Corvettes

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