• Jun 5, 2006

A recently-restored 1967 Chevrolet Corvette has been written-off, and its driver killed in a bizarre accident in a San Francisco-area cemetery.

The unidentified 52-year-old 'Vette driver sped into the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery early Sunday morning along with a newer Mercedes-Benz convertible, in what witnesses believe may have been an episode of road rage. The 'Vette driver lost control, crashing into a mausoleum and opening up two crypts as a group of mourners at an adjacent burial ceremony looked on, slack jawed.

The driver was pronounced dead at the Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, and authorities are looking to have a few words with the driver of the mystery Mercedes.

[Sources: San Francisco Chronicle via SFGate.com; PerformancePlusCorvettes.net]

 



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      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope they charge the Mercedes driver with vehicular homicide!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow, what's with cars and corpses over the last week? A taxi hit a hearse which threw the dearly departed onto the street where he was run over by another car.

      It's stuff like this that keeps me reading the news.

      My condolences to the crypt occupants and their families.

      Totaled or not, I'd bet a paycheck there's someone out there who wants to buy the car and it's not Golden Palace.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well, at least his relatives didn't have to go far for the funeral. As far as handling of old 'vetts, I had two of them, and 30-40 years DOES make a difference. If you were a "driver" back in the day, your paperboy is probably just as good today with modern iron. That's just the way it is. To bad about the car, as the people in the crypt were dead anyway, so they didn't care. As far as the Mercedes goes, hope he got his match money up front. Yippi-ki-yea!
      • 8 Years Ago
      "with a "Kompressor" turbo engine"

      Kompressor makes it supercharged, not turbocharged.
      • 8 Years Ago
      seems like the Vette driver thought he could keep up with late model Benz. apparently he couldn't.

      #1, it's not the Mercedes fault the owner of the corvette was not the brightest star in the sky. can't charge people for other people's stupidity.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Was this the same mystery Mercedes that Stefan Eriksson was escaping when he totaled his Enzo?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I wouldn't be caught dead in a 1967 corvette.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What?? The Vette in the pic isn't even a convertable. If you are not going to add pics of the actual wrecked car, at least find a file photo that is at least the same type, model, etc.
      gbh
      • 8 Years Ago
      As usual, the blurb has it half-right, if you read the article, the 'Vette was following the Benz.

      If he restored that 'Vette to OE condition, it has just about no brakes, and handles horribly compared to even average modern iron. Not a vehicle to drive fast in anything other than a straight line - one with a *long* braking area.

      Thankfully, only a participant killed. It is sad about the damage to the crypts.

      You pay your money, and you take your chances.