Life imitates video game
That was my first thought when I saw the report of this accident of an Enzo Ferrari on the Pacific Coast Highway near Los Angeles about a month and a half ago.
I mean you drive off the road at 160 miles per hour (~260kmph) (‘fly off the road’ according to one witness), your car gets smashed into two pieces (see picture above) and then just walk away with nothing more serious than a bruised lip! One life down two more to go – just press enter on the game console!
The irony is that this guy, a Swede named Stefan Erikssen used to be a high profile executive of Gizmondo – a failed hand-held video game company.
Turns out, in a new twist, there is further irony involved. The circumstances surrounding the accident were a bit mysterious to start with. Erikssen claimed that at the time of the crash he was in the passenger’s seat and some German guy named “Dietrich” (who apparently ran away) was actually driving the car. Now according to the latest reports, Erikssen has been charged with ‘grand theft auto‘ for failing to make payments on the crashed Ferrari and two other high-end cars and other charges. (From NYT)
The suspect, Stefan Eriksson, 44, is being held without bail on charges of grand theft and immigration violations. Mr. Eriksson was arrested over the weekend after a search of his house in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles……..
Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the sheriff’s department, said that the cars were owned by a British financial institution and that no payments had been made on them for months.
So basically, he was speeding in a car he did not own in a place he legally did not belong !! Such is the exciting life of video game execs. As a friend of mine commented while discussing the video game parallels, we can at least be thankful this guy did not run over pedestrians or kill a prostitute !
I am just sad that such a fine piece of machinery, only
400 399 of which are in existence (to say nothing of the $1 million price tag), had to meet such a sorry fate. That too at the hands of such a scamming douchebag. Here is a list of some other (hopefully more responsible) owners.