Saturday, April 19, 2008

Crash in YouTube Stunt Critically Injures Teen Driver

As if we needed more validation, another example of why insurers consider teen drivers a higher risk: not just lack of driving experience, but also lack of judgment. A Peoria, Arizona teen was critically injured when he wrecked his 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse during what was supposed to be a stunt for a YouTube video.

The idea was to get a video with all four wheels of the vehicle off the roadway. Whoopee, right? The driver, a 16-year-old boy, lost control of the vehicle as it went through an intersection. Ironically, the camera "crew" was so scared by the 70 - 85 MPH speeds, they didn't record the action.

The teen was ejected when the Eclipse rolled over, and remains hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

A 17-year-old female passenger escaped with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Oh, and yes, that's the car wreckage above.


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