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5 teens die in car crash on airstrip near John Travolta's house

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posted on Feb, 7 2008 @ 03:13 AM
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5 teenagers, ages ranging from 18 to 20, were killed in a violent car wreck on January 26. They were racing up and down the JumbleAir runway which is clearly visible on GoogleEarth, just NNW of Ocala, FL. Travolta chose this place because of the 7550 ft runway, good for use with a Boeing jet.

Car was estimated to be going about 120 MPH before the crash. There were marks indicating the car flew sideways off the steep embankment, hit a tree 200 feet away while still airborne and split in half after hitting another tree.

The car was only a couple months old ... 2008 BMW M-series.




Paramedic specialist Randy L. Robinson said that after 27 years in the field, this was the worst vehicle crash that he has ever seen.


Source: Wesh 2 News



I have spoken with someone who lives next to that airstrip, they claimed the sound was very loud. There have been various reports on the news and in the paper about the young man inquiring on message boards how to disable traction control, boosting power, and other various things. I have personally been on that runway, it was used as parking for school functions that took place in one of the mansions that get rented for events like dances an celebrations.

Quite a tragedy for the young people in the community.


Everyone, please be careful, and leave the racing and pushing cars limits to race tracks with proper barriers, paramedics, and use safety equipment. You may think your car can do anything, and you may think you can handle anything ... but there is a proper way, time, and place to test these things, and 3 am with 4 passengers is not the way.

Take care and be safe out there.



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posted on Feb, 7 2008 @ 03:30 AM
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Another reason why teenage drivers shouldnt have high powered cars....

Here in Australia, There are these laws, that they call "Hoon Law". The new "Hoon Law", doesant prevent teenage drivers from getting high powered cars, but if they are caught doing "Hoon" stuff on the roads, they get there cars impounded, and court/big fine follow up.

Im not sure if they have something like the "Hoon Law" in America, but it has helped here in Australia. People are still doing stupid things on the roads, but most are responsible, becuase most people cant afford to rake over a $3500 fine....


apc

posted on Feb, 7 2008 @ 08:06 AM
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It just falls under Reckless Driving in my state. If an arrest is made, the car is often impounded. The severity of the punishment however is up to the judge/jury and such a charge is not looked upon kindly by insurance companies. Depending on the situation the violator can spend a month in jail and/or a couple thousand in fines plus lawyer costs. Maximums vary by state.

I don't think anyone should be denied any specific vehicle type simply because a certain age group carries a higher probability of abuse. That's the guilty-until-proven-innocent mindset. It's the responsibility of the parents who likely purchase the car in the first place. If some idiots want to buy their spawn a Mustang, that's their problem when the kid wraps it around a tree.



posted on Feb, 7 2008 @ 08:13 AM
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Just a few hours before the driver crashed, he asked for advice on how to drive fast in a car forum.



posted on Feb, 7 2008 @ 09:13 AM
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Originally posted by apc
If some idiots want to buy their spawn a Mustang, that's their problem when the kid wraps it around a tree.


And yours when they wrap it around you and yours.

There should be laws to stop idiots killing others with cars. If they want to kill themselves, that's fine, but they should do it responsibly.

MonKey



apc

posted on Feb, 7 2008 @ 11:02 AM
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The laws already exist. Drag racing is illegal. But that's a law defining a certain action as a crime. The last thing we need is more laws saying person A can't have something but person B can, especially when age is the only extremely subjective variable.

It's not the car's fault the kid was an idiot. Blame the kid or blame the parents. The car is innocent.



posted on Feb, 15 2008 @ 05:35 PM
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This was actually a controlled environment by normal standards of these practices locally. An empty airstrip that is more than a mile long and quite wide. I never used it for such purposes but it would be nice.

There are public roads that people have pink slip races. Of course it is illegal. Impounding the vehicle and arresting the violators (and sometimes spectators).

The red light syndrome is common, even trucks revving their engines and driving like there is some kind of emergency.

It is not only kids, but people of all ages that do this.

In fact, the cops can give you a nice ticket if they feel you used 'excessive acceleration'. Usually dealing with squealing tires. They are reasonable about it.

A big problem here are people running red lights and talking on cell phones or other silly distractions as far as everyday driving.


It is a shame this happened, but, I also don't agree with limiting vehicle choices, or add-ons to vehicles.

As far as regulation, maybe some type of permit for excessive cars. Something like passing a course that tests your ability to handle a car with more than a certain power to weight ratio, specifically on wet/oily surfaces including inclines.

Because, in all honesty, a high performance car should make the roads safer. They handle better, they stop better, they can get up to flow of traffic better. The essence of a performance car is safety by control.

The problem lies in immaturity and thrill seekers. I cannot say I have not been guilty. 145 in a 97 Eclipse Spyder GS-T, 130 in a NA 88 RX-7 (before someone pulled out in front of me a half mile ahead) ... I have pushed cars to their limits around corners. So I have made my mistakes, but, I always did things slow, incrementally, and tried my utmost to err on the side of caution. Well-maintained cars helps too, but defects in tires happen, and that can ruin your world, and possibly someone else's life.


Now that I am older, I am nothing like I was. In fact, since driving a Hybrid, and watching that instant fuel consumption meter ... I have re-learned all my driving habits. I can regularly get mid 50 miles per gallon, near 70 mpg on a cool day with easy traffic, have gotten short trips over 100, and interstate trips over 80. It is all with driving smooth and conserving momentum.



What needs to be done for kids should be a lockable governor for throttle and top speed. Maximum of half-throttle and 55 mph. That should be plenty fast enough for any teenager driving around suburban towns, and even most rural areas still have close to that limit except for major highways/interstates. Even if a local limit is 60, that is the maximum speed, you are not required to drive at that speed (some people forget this it seems).

To put that in NASCAR perspective, sort of like a restrictor plate, but programmed and protected from being disabled or hacked (some kids are pretty smart).

In fact, this kid was trying to disable all the safety features of the car, such as the electronically limited speed, the traction control, etc. This should be possible for those who want to drive on a track, but for the average citizen, especially inexperienced drivers, it is a necessity. I could do without traction control, but have years of experience with cars 250-600 hp. For most drivers, 200 is more than enough for their routines, the rest is for bragging.


Oh, another thing, it isn't just the joe and joeline blow driving stupidly ... I can't find the story atm, it is a bit old, but a year or so ago an off-duty officer was on I-95 speeding and wrecked with some elected official not wearing a seat belt. Silly public servants, I guess instead of leading by example, they were showing an example of what not to do :



posted on Jan, 4 2009 @ 05:07 PM
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So many teen drivers and their passengers are killed each year. The problem in the United States is that parents do not want the responsibility of driving their kids as soon as they are old enough to drive. So the affluent Americans with more money than brains, buy junior a car, a high powered car if he's really spoiled, then turn the little speedster loose on our highways. In the first place, no one under 18 should be driving a car under any circumstances. Walk to school or ride the bus like I did when I was in 11th and 12th grade at high school. The problem is the politicians have no courage to face angry parents if they were to pass more restrictive laws, but in doing so, they are partly to blame for the carnage caused by immature drivers. Every teenage passenger should think twice about riding with someone who is going to be breaking the law with excessive speeding, drinking while driving, or driving recklessly. Demand to get out of a car if a driver starts acting crazy. Some states, after it's too late, have passed laws restricting young passengers when these children get behind the wheel. Thats a good thing! All states need to raise the driving age and there also needs to be a maximum driving age of 85. No one over 85 should be behind the wheel either.



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