It’s happened to me more times than I can count. I’ll be driving along, minding my own business when out of nowhere some moron in another sports car (generally not another Porsche) will pull up next to me and try to engage me in some sort of race while driving on the highway. I’d be lying if I said I’ve never given into the urge to hit the gas and leave them behind, but I’ve mellowed as I’ve aged and now just let them blow right past me. In fact, most times I think of them as decoys or bait for speed-traps up ahead. With an idiot like that on the road, the Troopers are sure to be busy writing a big ticket when I drive on by at a brisk, yet much more reasonable, pace.
Unfortunately, that’s not what happened in this instance. According to the report we read, the driver of the Porsche was injured (a broken leg and internal injuries) and the driver of the Camaro he was racing is in custody while the crash is investigated as a vehicular assault.
We reached out to the the Washington State Police and Trooper Chris Webb told us, “it was a 2001 Porsche 911. He [Porsche] was racing with a newer Chevy Camaro when he veered off the road and rolled several times before coming to rest on its top. The 911 caught fire but it was extinguished by passing motorists.”
It sounds like things could have been even more serious than they were as a third car, not involved in the race, was struck and damaged. No word on if the Porsche driver will be charged. Based on the pictures, I’m guessing his 996 is a total loss. Hopefully, he’ll recover fully and quickly. Remember, keep your racing to the track!
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[Photos printed with permission of WSP Trooper Chris Webb)