Saturday, January 30, 2010

Mechanic test driving a Porsche going at 163 mph crashes

Routine maintenance on a 2008 Porsche Boxster took an unusual turn Thursday, when a Sanibel mechanic took the car on a wild test drive, reaching an estimated 163 mph, and crashed it.
Kenneth Kasten, 50, owner of the Sanibel Shell service station, was driving the Porsche on McGregor Boulevard near Punta Rassa Road at 6 a.m. when he lost control and flipped the car into some mangroves, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The Porsche - owned by Nanelle Wehmann of Sanibel - was the only vehicle involved in the crash, which occurred in a 55-mph limit zone.
The FHP estimated the damage to the Porsche at $50,000.
Kasten wasn't seriously injured and left the scene before emergency crews arrived, Cpl. George Kantor of the FHP said. Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor in the crash.
Authorities arrived on scene to find the car smashed, abandoned and upside down.


Steve said...

"Now you know what happens to your car while it's at the mechanic"

Bob S. said...

"they would be lucky to get to 30mph in London"

Traveling Cat said...

"Did the car or driver fail the test?"

Kate L. said...

"Eeesh, that sounds painful!