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Grisly Corvette crash in Van Nuys; 4 killed

Four people were killed early Thursday when a sports car crashed near Van Nuys airport, police said.

The yellow 2007 Chevy Corvette was traveling at high speeds when it hit a guard rail on Roscoe Boulevard shortly after midnight, said Officer Gregory Baek of the Los Angeles Police Department. The car skidded several hundred feet, crossed some railway tracks and came to rest upside down, he said.

The bodies of two men and a woman were found scattered around the car, he said. It was not immediately clear whether they were passengers or pedestrians.

A fourth body, found pinned inside the vehicle, was believed to be that of the driver, Baek said. He could not say whether it was a man or a woman.

The crash left car and body parts scattered along a half-mile stretch of Roscoe Boulevard, according to news reports from the scene.

Police closed Roscoe Boulevard between Hayvenhurst Avenue and Balboa Boulevard. The crash was not expected to delay Metrolink, Baek said.

-- Alexandra Zavis

Photo: Police investigate the scene where a Corvette was involved in a single-car accident that killed four people in the early-morning hours Thursday.  Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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Corvette is all plastic and a death trap. That would be the last car I would ever want to be in. This is why GM never submits them for crash test.


Hey Jip Jow, why don't you try typing "corvette crash test" into google. Corvette's are pretty safe cars. Fiberglass body panels do not mean that the safety cage is made of plastic and its obvious from the fact that the corvette was upside down that this was a rollover; the roof section is the weakest part on ANY car, which is why cars on race tracks have roll cages. Don't blame the car, blame the idiot driver who looks to have crammed 3 people into a two seater and drove way faster than his skill level allowed.

Wrong about the crash tests. Every production car sold in the US goes through it. But there are ways to "beat" the tests. You pass the test, but bypass the spirit. Things like putting reinforcement exactly where you know the battering ram is going to hit, but leave the rest of the panels thin fiberglass and aluminum. For ex- Ferrari 308 has beer can doors. But the side impact test catches on the reinforced doorsills first. It passes! But you are dead meat in an impact.

I can't figure how you get 4 people into a Corvette (it has only 2 seats, not even bonsai-seats in back like a Porsche).
Anyone have links to the photos LAT can't publish? I wouldn't ask LAT to print or link to the real photos, but if they are online maybe someone can place a link in the comments.

"This is why GM never submits them for crash test."
The above statement is deliberately misleading. Manufacturers don't choose which cares are tested by the NHTSA NCAP tests; the government does and obviously tests only the more popular models.

Corvettes are a good value and lightweight for their size, but you don't get a roll cage standard. Cages are widely available in forms suitable for racing, or you can have one suitable for on-road driving installed (the bars are placed between the inner and outer body panels so you don't crack your bones on them). The Corvette's construction makes it easy to weld in a cage to its steel backbone.

If you don't roll over or slip under a pickup truck the Corvettes provide excellent crash protection; there's more than the usual amount of crushable space under the hood. People have hit solid objects at over 50mph and survived with all parts functioning. Try that in a Corolla.

It is obvious the Jip Jow knows nothing about cars and the automobile industry, in general.

We found out about this just recently. Shocked is not enough to describe the impact on our family. Our son a recent graduate of UCSB was personal friends and classmates at UCSB with one of the male victims Jossue . Jossue helped our son pass his advanced calculus class, now he is gone. A terrible tragedy it is for all of these young people and their family's memories of them. May God give each of them peace and comfort in their time of sorrow.

The owner of the yellow Corvette was Jorge Nunez and a very good friend/client of mine. I still can't believe he is gone in such a horrific accident. He was a great guy, a very nice and humble man. My condolences go out to the families of all 4 of them. This is just a reminder to all of us to be smarter in our decisions. Driving fast in a nice car doesn't mean your cool.


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