A man who crashed his $1.2 million Bugatti Veyron told police that he had dropped his cell phone while driving, looked up, swerved to avoid a pelican and wound up submerged in a Texas lagoon.

His insurance company, however, is disputing his story.

Philadelphia Insurers say that Andy House is attempting to commit insurance fraud by filing his $2.2 million claim for the wrecked vehicle, and they say they have some powerful evidence.

A passenger in a nearby car happened to be taking footage of the luxury sports car speeding down a service road along Interstate 45 in Houston. No pelican is visible in the video, and the car seems to make a more gradual approach into the La Marque lagoon.

The matter is being litigated.

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      He swerved to miss the bird **** stuck on the window.
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      And now the video won/t even play! Figures!
      • 2 Years Ago
      you ran this story 3 days ago...........back then the car was 2.2 million......................................
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      The steering on these cars is so quick, just the moments it requires to retrieve your cell phone the car can cross a couple of lanes, or even veer in the lagoon if your eyes are not on the road. But why would this dummy driver say he was avoiding a pelican? Too much information. As far as insurance companies you can bet they are going to do anything and everything to avoid paying this claim. If I remember the news reports at the time, the driver was not drinking or impaired in any way. Tough going for the insurance company to avoid paying, unless a jury would accept the story as true of avoiding a non existant pelican. What would you decide if you are on this jury?
      • 2 Years Ago
      A man with a dubious background in financial trouble drives a car into a swamp.....Hmmmm. I don't think we need Colombo for this one !!!!
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is not news. This story and video was around quite a few months ago. Now the video won't even download. AOL crap....It figures.
      • 2 Years Ago
      If he wasn't smart enough to pull over and stop, in order to retrieve his cell phone, then he may well be dumb enough to claim a phantom pelican. Also, since a Bugatti is a righteous ride, it would be strange if someone who saw one on the road didn't make the video. Tango Sierra, bud.
      • 2 Years Ago
      This story is at least a year old !
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        If you haven't noticed HP/aol have a very nasty habit of repeating the "news", not, over and over. They'll change the banner, change some facts even...mainly because they're not equipped to perform the task they've chosen. You can't read an article without getting the dumb man's version called "QUICK READ" and listening to the video. Don't want the video or especially the ad it just keeps going.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I saw this video and story a 1-2 years ago. AOL is really digging at the bottom of the barrel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Some people don't deserve to have a drivers' license.
      • 2 Years Ago
      So the car is insured for $1.2 million but he filed a claim for $2.2 million? Is that Texas math?
      • 2 Years Ago
      if you want to see the moron in the video look at it on youtube....
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