A hit-and-run accident involving a Corvette in the early morning of February 6, 2012 left a South Florida man happy he’s still alive.
Joe Amunategui told authorities he was headed eastbound on 826 just past Northwest 27th Avenue about 2 a.m. when a tractor-trailer clipped his C5 Corvette and drove over it, then kept going.
“He came up real close and as he was swerving to go around me, he clipped the back of my Corvette and spun me into the wall,” Amunategui said. “I’m lucky to be alive right now … I took a pretty good shot.”
The front end of his Corvette has definitely seen better days. In a photo posted on the web site of NBC Channel 6 in Miami, the hood appears to be gone, one headlight is popped up, and the passenger-side front fender is snapped in half near the front of the tire and mangled behind the tire, not to mention the entire front bumper is scraped and dented. Things could be much worse, though. From the windshield back, the car looks to have escaped serious damage, and the car appears to be a convertible, so Amunategui is really fortunate that the big rig didn’t drive over the canvas top.
A North Miami Beach officer saw what happened and radioed for assistance, but police are still investigating the incident.
As for Amunategui, he says he felt a little dizzy and would probably get some X-rays.
“It’s not the way I wanted to end my night,” he said.
NBC Channel 6