- Car Safety & Safe Driving
California's Highway Patrol Most Gruesome Car Wreck: Nikki Catsouras
They say that teen drivers and alcohol or drugs\texting while driving can end up with deadly results. While true, emotion and anger are equally toxic while driving a car. Usually called "Road Rage", most people, teens included, never totally lose it. Nikki did and the results are tragic when the car becomes a lethal weapon.
The Nikki Catsouras accident is a horrific and most gruesome proving it, although, toxicology did find traces of cocaine. Nikki was a beautiful 18 yr. old from an upper middle class family or better. Her dad sold real estate and owned his pride possession, a Porsche 911 Carrera, which Nikki was forbidden to drive.
On Oct 31, 2006, the family of three had lunch together and her father left in another car for work. Some indicate that an heated argument had developed during lunch about Nikki wanting to drive the 911. As any parent will tell you, that went about as well as a "snowball in hell". It was probably a very "sore" subject between them. High octane. Nikki went to her room for a not more than 15 minutes and then stole the 911 keys and drove off. Nikki's mother, saw her take off and called her husband. The father diverted and began to search for Nikki.
Nikki was long gone, ripping to speeds over 100 mph down the 241 Toll Road in the lake Forest area. As she did, she sideswiped a slow moving Honda at 1:40 pm or so and began to lose control and crashed into an unmanned concrete toll booth near the Alton Parkway interchange-the Porsche was totally destroyed. Nikki was partially decapitated. The CHP were quickly on the scene, took photos etc. Even the jaded CHP officers had a problem with this waste of life and did not want the parents to see Nikki. Minutes before Nikki slammed into the barrier, her father had called 911 and was put on hold. When the operator came back on, it was too late.
Two CHP officers in charge of taking the routine photos and sent them via email to one or two friends. That is all it took. The photos went viral and this wreck is known as the "Porsche girl" wreck. The Catsouras' sued the CHP for leaking the photos and it was in the courts until Jan. 30, 2012, when California's high court ruled that the CHP should pay $2.37 million to them for emotional distress.