Wrecked Vette Wednesday: C5 Corvette + Booze + Speed = Mortality

Wednesdays bring tales of woe involving folly or fatalities when drivers lose respect for power and skill required to properly handle a Corvette. Unfortunately this week’s Wrecked Vette Wednesday involves a driver who should have been old enough to know better than to screw around while not wearing a seatbelt.

OregonLive.com reported on a high-speed crash that resulted in the death of a driver and the total destruction of his Corvette.  Thanks to reckless driving, alcohol and not wearing a seatbelt, the driver lost his life in what might have otherwise been a survivable crash. According to Oregon State Police, the 65-year-old driver Joseph Abeln lost control of his C5 at high speed while attempting to pass another vehicle; authorities also mentioned that there was a possibility of alcohol contributing to the crash.

At some point during the attempt to pass, things went awry and Abeln lost control of the pewter C5 causing it to cross the highway before slamming into a cliff. Since Abeln was not wearing a seatbelt he was thrown from the Corvette and landed in the southbound lane of Highway 101. Emergency personnel responded to the crash and arranged for the driver to be transported to the hospital via Life Flight helicopter; tragically the 65-year-old driver died in transit to the awaiting helicopter. Tragedies, like this Wrecked Vette Wednesday can be avoided by using wearing seatbelt, not drinking and not driving like a complete tool despite the allure of the gas pedal…


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Lauren Camille

Lauren is a graduate of California State University Fullerton, and has experience working for several enthusiast publications. She enjoys drag racing, classic Fords, and vintage Lincolns. She currently races a 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback, and has a soft spot for 1960’s Lincolns. Currently, her collection includes: ’04 Cobra Convertible, ’65 Mustang Fastback, ’04 F350 6.0 diesel, ’96 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and a ’87 Jeep Wrangler. She provides insightful content as a freelance writer for Power Automedia.
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