What’s the best way to total your Corvette while putting your life, as well as others’ lives, in jeopardy? Along with street racing, speeding through an intersection at a high rate of speed in the middle of the night surely has its spot at the top of the list. Recently, a California woman found out just how damaging doing that could be to her, her car and other people around.
We first got word of this story on the Corvette Forum. According to Sacramento, California Fox News, a 53-year-old woman was driving her Grand Sport Corvette convertible in Lodi, California when she broadsided a ‘94 Pontiac Bonneville. The impact split the Pontiac in half and launched the Corvette down the road 700 feet on its roof.
Looking at the pictures of the crash, it is surprising that the three people in the Pontiac were able to walk away from the scene with only minor injuries. The woman, on the other hand, didn’t fare as well. She suffered major injuries to her face and upper body. One of her hands was also severed in the accident. She was airlifted to a hospital in south Sacramento.
A later report from Fox News posted on the Corvette Forum stated that Lodi police suspected the woman of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. While we can’t speculate ourselves, Corvette Forum member ‘Z06supercharged’ said it best when he responded to the report with, “Maybe she was just under the influence of a performance car.”
An updated report from Lodi News-Sentinel named the driver as Danielle Duffy. According to the update, police have determined that Duffy was traveling at over 100 MPH when the crash occurred but it is still under investigation.
We’re glad that the three innocent people in the Pontiac walked away virtually uninjured, but as always, we mourn the loss of another Corvette at the hands (hand?) of a careless driver.