We are sad to report that the two engineers that were arrested on January 8th for excessive speeding in two new 2020 Corvettes no longer work for General Motors.
The two engineers, Alexander Thim (27) and Mark Derkatz (30) were arrested on Lovers Lane in Bowling Green, Kentucky for exceeding the posted 45 MPH speed limit by over 26 MPH which then requires a court date. Thim was clocked by a Kentucky State Trooper driving 120 MPH while Derkatz was cited for 100 MPH. Both would send the night at the Warren County Regional Jail and were released on a $1,000 bond the next day.
Carscoops.com says that a review of the two engineer’s resumes on LinkedIn show that both are no longer working for General Motors. Thim’s profile states that he “previously worked at General Motors launching the new 2020 Corvette as the chassis/powertrain issue resolution team” while Derkatz profile shows his employment with GM ended in January
At the time of their arrest, the 2020 Corvettes were towed to lot and they were collected by GM representatives the following day. A friend of ours captured this photo of the two Corvettes parked out behind the Corvette Assembly Plant a couple days later:
Carscoops.com reached out to GM about the engineers and received this statement:
“We have completed our investigation of the incident and taken appropriate action. Out of respect for the privacy of the individuals, we will not be making further comment.”
We’ve all been guilty of “doing something stupid” at one point or another and it’s unfortunate that these two had to pay the price. But after the huge amount of negative publicity, I think it was but a given that GM would let them go for violating company policies, as it also sends a message to other employees driving the new Corvettes or other pre-production vehicles to “govern themselves accordingly” as a legal scholar once reminded us.
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