[ACCIDENT] Police Investigating Deadly Crash Involving a 2020 Corvette and a 2014 Camaro


[ACCIDENT] Police Investigating Deadly Crash Involving a 2020 Corvette and a 2014 Camaro

Photo Credit: Mike Myers

A lane change by a new mid-engine 2020 Corvette apparently led to a fatal accident involving a 2014 Camaro in Rancho Cucamonga, California on May 2.

According to the California Highway Patrol:

Both cars were traveling north on I-15 at speeds greater than 65 miles per hour about 5:13 p.m. when they went out of control while passing under the State Route 210 Freeway.

The 40-year-old Corvette driver changed lanes, spinning out of control and winding up on the right shoulder, with only minor damage done to the car. He was not injured.

However, the Camaro veered off to the right, went up the concrete embankment under the 210, and burst into flames after hitting a concrete pylon that holds up the overhead 210 Freeway lanes.

A report on vvng.com says that multiple vehicles stopped and tried to break out a window to get the Camaro driver out, but the flames proved to be too strong and they couldn’t get close enough. Unfortunately, the driver remained in his seat as the car burned, and paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

[ACCIDENT] Police Investigating Deadly Crash Involving a 2020 Corvette and a 2014 Camaro

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Callers to 911 reported that the two cars were involved in a speed contest before the accident, but CHP says the official cause of the crash is still under investigation.

“Both vehicles were taken for evidence, which means we will be downloading computer information from both to determine the speeds of the vehicles at the time of the crash,” said CHP Officer Jesus Garcia, a department spokesman. “We will also be looking for possible witnesses to see what happened.”

VVNG.com and FontanaHeraldNews.com

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  1. A genuine shame.
    Most reading this have done the same thing.
    Knowing that stretch of freeway well, it’s hard to see how they could have been much over the speed limit at that time of day. Breaking to avoid an accident could have been the culprit. Yes, I know I should not speculate. The chips will tell the tale.
    Street “contests” (just a guess) are always dangerous as you never know the skill of the other driver.
    Such a sad situation! Prayers to the victim’s family.

  2. Unfortunately another case of high performance cars, and drivers who don’t have the skills
    or experience to be driving like that on the track, let alone on the highways. All it takes is one error in Judgement at the wrong time. Really sad..

  3. I mean too many John Force wannabe, are drag racing the C8 on public roads endangering themselves and other.

  4. That an owner fills his or her dreams by matching VIN on different year cars is cool for them. As far as automotive history we also know that one person collects VIN #1’s. VIN’s can be fascinating. I posted elsewhere, that despite my 1974 having had VIN No. 000159, it was not the one-hundred-Fifty-Ninth 1974 Porsche made. In my years looking at low number 1974 Porsche VINs, for example, I also looked the DOT sticker for the month and year in which those cars were built. I found several Porsce will lower serial numbers than my 1974 911. Not Strangely, all of those low numbered Porsche were built in August of 1973 (August being the start of the new model year). So what is the point? My 1974 911 was built in the month of July 1973, automatically making it older and earlier off the line than the cars with lower VIN numbers. Turns out that Porsche often reserved blocks of VIN number for various purposes and so, the VIN number absolutely on Porsche of some years, cannot be relied upon as the indicator of the earlier car or cars. Ideally, paperwork that is original can tell the story. But that is not always the case. Some of the 1974’s had heating problems and the ownership early on became quite complicated, moving around with paperwork disappearing. Porsche has said, thus far, it has no further information on VIN 00159 and its original paperwork was lost, other than a computer program verifying that it was a very early order; a special order paint code; and that it as ordered with the optional 5-Speed Transmission. GM has stated that there are more than one VIN No. 1 on at least one car. The earlier off the build line, though, is known to GM, who along with the Museum has been able to keep track of a lot of the history of the cars they build. This actually should help to make the Corvette a much more collectible car than some others where history cannot be found, as the provenance can more easily be shown. AF

  5. With regard to the crash. Please people! Do not use the road as a race course! People can die on the track too, but street racing is illegal. If you have an ego about your car, find a way to take it to the track. Find a way to challenge that other driver to take his or her car to the track. Freeway and street racing has no business on the public roads and winning one of those races means nothing, but losing a life over it means a lot to the family of the victim; the victim who should not be racing his Camero in the first place on a public road. Beyond this, that particular Corvette, will now forever, “have a story.” Does someone want a previously owned sports car; calssic car; or collector car, with a story? Not really. Even the people involved with the James Dean car that killed him, has a story. And a lot of it hasn’t been good. AF

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