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‘It Appears He Was Drinking Heavily Before Climbing Behind the Wheel …’

Posted on | June 20, 2011 | 19 Comments

. . . of his 2007 Porsche 911 GT3. And now Ryan Dunn, one of the young idiots who became famous for being famously stupid on the MTV series “Jackass,” has gone on to that Big Reality Show in the Sky:

The double fatal crash happened at about 2:38 a.m. on Route 322 near Pottstown Pike in West Goshen Township.
According to the police report obtained by CBS Philly, Ryan was driving his 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 when it crashed into a wooded area and burst into flames. Both Dunn and his passenger, who has not been positively identified, died as a result of injuries they sustained in the crash.

Over the guardrail, into the tree, fiery death. And I know you’ll be shocked to learn that police believe “speed may have been a contributing factor to the accident.”

Wow. Driving fast in a Porsche 911? Imagine that.

Also, at 12:15 a.m. — about two hours before the fatal crash — Dunn reportedly Tweeted a photo of himself drinking with two buddies.

UPDATE: Thanks to the commenter who called attention to this episode of BBC’s Top Gear, which points out that the Porsche 911’s rear-engine design makes the car prone to skidding sideways — a drifter’s dream — so that it was once notorious as “the Grim Reaper’s company car”:

While I’ve never driven a Porsche, I have taken a few curves at high speed. Doing so safely requires (a) fresh tires, (b) a car with a low center of gravity, and (c) a careful attention to the momentum/traction situation. Were I to hazard a guess as to how Dunn wrecked, I’d imagine he came up short on (c), and started losing traction before he realized he was going too fast for the curve. Whether he was drunk or merely tired at 2:30 in the morning, the Porsche 911 doesn’t seem to be the most forgiving sports car on the market. Here’s the Associated Press report of the fatal crash:


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