Texans, please stay away from water in your sports cars. Now, this latest fiasco isn't quite so dire as the Lone Star State's last attempt at an amphibious sportscar - a waterlogged Bugatti Veyron - although that's largely because the Veyron in that story cost $1.6 million and this submerged Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 only cost about $57,000. Still, it's a sad state of affairs for the supercharged, 580-horsepower rocket.

According to witnesses, the young driver was, naturally, driving too fast and lost control, charging through a wrought-iron fence and into a community swimming pool.

"I was driving right behind him the whole time," the driver's friend, Ashton Brantley, told NBC affiliate KPRC Houston. "He lost control, and I think he took his traction control off. And then he just hit the curb, and then went into the fence, and then he hit the pool."

Thankfully, there was no one in the pool at the time of the crash. As for the ham-fisted John Doe behind the wheel, he managed to swim out through an open window. He may face charges from the police, while his insurance will be responsible for any damages to the swimming pool.

Take a look below for the news report from KPRC Houston.
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      Pat
      • 8 Months Ago
      I only turn off traction control when I want to do something stupid!
      xenigo
      • 8 Months Ago
      I've always wondered what it means to "lose control" of a car. Any ideas? Is that the same as saying "I have no idea what I'm doing behind the wheel"?
        Sir Duke
        • 8 Months Ago
        @xenigo
        Actually no, after 30 years of driving in the northeast winters the term "Black Ice" has been my nemesis. Losing control of a car happens more frequently than you think, managing or failing to manage the situation will greatly affect the outcome. I once lost control of a 87 hp (RWD) Toyota Corolla driving on an unknown road in Philadelphia. Stop light on the downhill side of a hill that was properly oiled, just as it started raining. Did a complete 360 and bumped the curb, luckily no damage. Car had the crappiest set of Dunlops (OEM) tires ever. In this case, clown behind the wheel obviously needed all the nannies GM provided. This is clearly a case of him getting in over his head.
      PiCASSO
      • 8 Months Ago
      Ashton Brantley should have spent $100 on a dash cam and recorded the idiot's actions...
      Chris
      • 8 Months Ago
      Too bad this didn't happen in Russia because then we may have gotten to see this unfortunate turn of events in action, given all of the crazy dash cam videos I've seen from there.
      over9000
      • 8 Months Ago
      affluenza...
      ksrcm
      • 8 Months Ago
      'Cuz traction control is for people who don't know how to drive. Real, skilled driver would NEVER use traction control to go faster because it only slows him down. That's why traction control disappeared from F1, it's not like they had to ban it or anything like that ... /sarcasm
      AzureStarline
      • 8 Months Ago
      Gotta love the Local2 headline. Drivers Crashes Camaros Intos Pools
      Termin8
      • 8 Months Ago
      I find it interesting that when I grew up, we had all kinds of crazy powerful cars that handled and stopped like crap, and were cruising around on very narrow, bias ply tires but still, I don't remember so many drivers having such major fails on the road. But then, most of the time, those cars weren't usually in the hands of such obviously unskilled drivers.
      GoSpeedRacerGo
      • 8 Months Ago
      Dad must be so proud.
      Paul
      • 8 Months Ago
      What Parents give a teenager keys to a 570 HP vehicle? Parents ought to be given a $100K fine ... and probably 6 months in Jail. That would send a Strong message I think. Keep your delinquent misfits from behind the wheel.
        Gator
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Paul
        Don't be jelly. While I agree, if I was that young I to would want a 500+hp car.
          ponycargt
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Gator
          How is the fact that you would want 500+ HP if you young even relevant? A kid would want 5,000 HP if they could get it...but it doesn't mean they should have it
        Bernard
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Paul
        If I had that kind of money to throw away, I would make sure my kid took (and did well with) professional racing lessons and demonstrated incredible amounts of discipline and self restraint before handing them the keys to such a powerful vehicle. Not every kid is the same.
      Graeme Stewart
      • 8 Months Ago
      American cars can't go round corners...
      Koenigsegg
      • 8 Months Ago
      You know your cool when you turn off traction control, being an extra .4 seconds faster off a standstill LOL
        superchan7
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        Somewhere north of 500 hp, a well-designed TCS should actually help your acceleration times. It's too easy to put too much power down and spin the tires, wasting precious time.
        Agilis
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        You're
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