Stay with us on this, because the scene above is one big misunderstanding. It's a little hard to make out in the YouTube video below, but Norman Nowling is backing his Ford Econoline monster van over the top of a Toyota Corolla Camry When he finished his brutal work, the Corolla Camry wouldn't be going anywhere that didn't involve the words "flatbed" and "chains." So imagine the shock when the Toyota's 16-year-old owner returned to it in the wee hours, noticeably flatter than we she left it.

The incident happened at the Redneck Yacht Club, a mudding and swamp trails park in Punta Gorda, Florida. The teen attended a concert at the park during "Swamp Cabbage Weekend" and apparently left her car parked near "the mud hole," a park location that obviously attracts monster trucks. She went mudding elsewhere in the park, didn't return to her car right after the concert, and at some point the assembled group of monster truckers decided they were going to run over it.

Nowling's taken the heat because it's him on the video, but he's not the bad guy everyone's made him out to be. See, Nowling was the last guy to the mud hole party, and before he got there at least two other trucks had tried to run over the Corolla and failed. Folks cheered Norman on to do the honors, but before he did he repeatedly asked security if it was all right, and according to his police statement, security told him it was fine, that the Toyota was abandoned. Also, according to Nowling, the fire department and the police were there as he was doing it. And as you can see in the video, Norman didn't act alone: Another truck holds the Corolla Camry in place while Nowling prepares to back over it.

Nowling was eventually arrested for felony Criminal Mischief and released on bond. Then he held a press conference to tell his side of what happened, and during the conference handed the teen's stepfather a check for $6,500 to replace her car. Why? "I have a daughter, and it is the right thing to do," he said. "I need to go to sleep every night with a clear conscience." He's apparently been banned from the RYC, but he's hoping the other truck owners involved will also come forward.

Follow the jump for video of the incident, as well as a press conference held by the crusher and an interview with the teenage crushee.






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      Rob Gomes
      • 2 Years Ago
      It takes a big man to owe up to a mistake. Especially a mistake where you pay $6500 out of pocket and deal with a felony charge.
      Whatamooseiam
      • 2 Years Ago
      Car wasn't insured. The car was a 1994 Corolla. The guy paid the owner $6,600 for it to make amends. I'd say things turned out pretty well for the owner given the circumstances.
      ken
      • 2 Years Ago
      At least, he is man compare to the cowards who destroyed a M5 in Vancouver during riot.
      S.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good on the guy for making reparations. We all make mistakes, but it takes integrity to own up to them.
        A_Guy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @S.
        Did he apologize or only offer to pay? Offering to pay up when legal action was about to take place is not exactly owning up.
          Chris
          • 2 Years Ago
          @A_Guy
          Watch the video and see for yourself. He not only offered to pay, he did pay. He also went out of his way to contact the girl's family personally. I think that about answers your question. Even if he didn't literally say he was sorry, who cares? I'll take a check for $6,600 any day of the week over a stinkin' apology. Wouldn't you?
      kevsflanagan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice to know the guy who did it owned up to it and gave the girl money to buy a new(er) car. If his story is true then pretty much everyone there was in the wrong not just him. Security, to the event organizers are all at fault.
      Brian
      • 2 Years Ago
      It is really nice to see that the driver and the girl's family did the right thing here- the driver for reimbursing the girl for her car and the girls family for allowing the driver to make things right without trying to drag attorneys and law enforcement into the situation. It really seems that the driver got a little railroaded by the owners of the facility- shame on them. Hopefully they will also end up doing the right thing and allowing the driver to return to their park if he wants to. I hope that law enforcement tries to track down the people who told the driver it was okay to run over the car- in my mind, they are more to blame for what happened that the driver was.
      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      So... car accident happens, no one was hurt, and man responsible does the responsible thing and pays up. Seems like everything worked out. I'm surprised the mother is surprised something like this happened at a place called Redneck Yacht Club.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      A true gentleman.
      flychinook
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good on the monster-truck owner for doing the right thing. Now the question is, will the security and law enforcement personnel come forward and do the same? They ok'd the whole thing, after all. But in truth, the most I see happening from this is "paid administrative leave", maybe an internal investigation that finds no wrongdoing.
      ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      6,500 dollars that looks like a 10 year old corrola.
        Whatamooseiam
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ryan
        It was 1994 Corolla. And it wasn't even insured. She made out like a bandit.
          Julio B
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Whatamooseiam
          You can have liability insurance to comply with the law and still not have comprehensive coverage for your damages.
      screwamammoth93
      • 2 Years Ago
      GREAT choice of a parking spot by the way you know, it wouldn't take much intelligence to figure out ... hmmm... hey, maybe i shouldn't park next to a giant mud hole where there are a lot of lifted trucks, let me walk 20 more feet and park somewhere else
      creamwobbly
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yeah, but could he have done it if it was a Transit?
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