• May 4, 2007

UPDATE:
This tragic accident has claimed its second civilian life. The wife of the man killed yesterday died from her injuries today in the Skopje Clinic Center. Read the update

This year's edition of The Gumball 3000 is no more, after a hit-and-run accident in Macedonia left a man dead and his wife in the hospital in critical condition. Nick Morley (who was driving) and Matthew McConville, in a Techart 911 Turbo, crossed the center line and crashed into a Macedonian couple in a VW Golf. The 67-year-old man died of a supposed heart attack according to a Gumball press release. His wife remains there with serious injuries.

There's an expression that goes "It's not the crime, it's the cover up" that gets you. In this case it was both. As if the "hit" weren't bad enough, it was followed by "and run" when Nick and Matthew tried to flee on foot. They were picked up by a Gumballer in a BMW with Russian plates and made it as far as the Macedonia-Albania border, where they were arrested. The driver of the BMW was held briefly then released. Nick has been arrested and placed under 30-day temporary detention in Macedonia, charged with "heavy violation of traffic safety" and "failure to help an injured person." Then Gumball HQ flubbed the crisis management. Apparently they didn't put out a release for at least 24 hours and wouldn't answer questions about the accident in the Gumball forum. When they finally did issue a statement, it said the driver died of a heart attack on the way to the hospital (brought on by. . .?) and that the drivers immediately reported the accident.

Perhaps Germany and Turkey are now glad they prevented this year's Gumball from passing through. As far as Europe goes, next year's Gumball will probably be lucky if it's allowed to do laps in a parking lot. However, it probably will go on; when that much much money is involved, a way will be found -- but don't look for it on the Continent. Follow the 'Read' link for more details, the press releases, and a video clip of the accident aftermath.

[Source: Jalopnik]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Chris, fully support your opinion. Real driving is speeding in a school zone, dodging those little bastards. Real driving is doing 100 on the quite street killing pets and animals (sometimes people as well). Yeah! If you cannot drive hard, then you should be banned from driving! Yeah!
      • 7 Years Ago
      awww chris' post was taken down...now mine makes no sense. sad
      • 7 Years Ago
      That spark might light a fire!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not good for anyone. A race, however you choose to describe/deny it, belongs on a race course, not highways. Yes, many will say that this type of thing would happen anyway, but it happened involving this event. That is the problem.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's more like "attacked in the heart"
      after the VW smashed like that, does gumball take us for fools?
      Greg A.
      • 7 Years Ago
      #14- What next time? The Macedonian government especially will not be keen to allow another rally like this one go through their country.

      Then again, considering Beckham's stolen X5 wound up in the possession of Macedonia's Minister of the Interior, I guess everyone has his or her price.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It was indeed just a matter of time.

      This needed to end. Too many lives at risk. Just watching these videos makes my stomach churn. I'm shocked that there wasn't anything this serious or worse sooner.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Heart Attack: Where your heart is attacked by the steering wheel and the rest of the car that was crushed into you.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Here's the comment I made at the end of the last Bullrun rally in the U.S.

      "Thank God it's finally over. If it's ten years before I hear about another bunch of rich, self-indulgent trust fund kiddies endangering others on public roads for NO REASON, that'll be too soon.

      Take your supercar, Von Dutch trucker hat, $300 "vintage" Iron Maiden concert tee and caviar circle-jerk to a road course, willya?"

      • 7 Years Ago
      Example # 321 from the "Just because you are rich doesn't mean you have any sense, skills or taste" category.

      RE: Eddie Griffin, pimped 612s, crashed Enzos, Carrera GTs, et al
      • 7 Years Ago
      Stupid race for retards that cannot drive (otherwise they would have competed on the track). I hope Macedonia doesn't bend over in this case and with jail two bastards for good.
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