Originally Posted by zodiac_00
damn that crazy they where in the air. he must of not know the area,cause he did not know when the strip ended?
he knew the area, im fairly sure this IS or is really close to their neighborhood (at least one of the boys).
convo could've been, driver: alright, where do i go to your house from here?
passenger: how fast did you say you could get this?
driver: i've been 140
Passenger: BS, prove it
Driver: not now, its too late and cops will be lurking on the freeway
Passenger: I know of this private airstrip, it gets very little traffic
Driver: alright, but just one run, then we all go home
it said they were A) coming home from a party, and B) they were at jacksonville university. the one obituary (kinda) thing i read on the newspaper was one of the kids came from a christian high school and a great football player who happened to get injured and was red shirted anyways. his injury ended his career before it began. they all sound like good kids who just happened to push the limits one too many times. the driver might've been the only sober one, seeing as he was driving and i believe they were responsible. but when i wrecked my car, it was late after a party, and although i was sober, exhaustion is just as bad as drinking.
502 motorsports, the road they were on was the airstrip, they knew it to begin with i believe. he figured that jets get some massive speed on that, so it would be good for him too. like someone else said, the lights are activated by a plane coming in, so as not to be on all the time. the probably wasnt paying as close attention to what he should have, when he realized he was coming to the end of the strip, slammed on the brakes and lost complete control. imagine how fast you had to be going to not only leave some skid marks where you slammed on the brakes, but got air and flew 200ft (67 yards of a football field) before having your car split in 2.
and the car WAS his dad's. seeing as the kid went to a party, he probably borrowed it for the night, im sure he's done it on multiple occassions, but i dont think this was HIS daily driver. i think he had the 5series he talks about on the forum and the M5 was for play. dont you think the dad is already accusing himself? he has nobody else to blame this on, not another car to say they did something, and not someone else driving, just him (cause he wont blame his son).
the only problem with the entire situation is that the kid pushed the car one too many times. he had gotten away with driving it fast too many times before (apparently) so he had one more run and wasnt so lucky. and tickets dont do as much anymore. most tickets will be for 10-15 mph over the speed limit so most parents just dismiss that. if you are going 140 mph on the road and you pass a cop either going the opposite direction or at a stop, he has 0 chance of catching you. he can call ahead, but you are so far gone. even if he was going the speed limit on a freeway (70-80) to accelerate another 60-70 mph is tough, and again you will be long gone. im sure he bragged to his dad about going that fast, and im sure his dad bragged to him, and that is where the kid got the idea that what he was doing was ok.