How did anyone survive this crazy crash?
In a smart marketing move that will hopefully increase the struggling automaker's sales and global appeal, Maserati has appointed David Beckham as its new brand ambassador. Now, Maserati has been given some free advertising for the Levante's high safety standards because it's hard to believe anyone could have survived this horrific crash during a police chase in California that resulted in the luxury SUV getting wedged under a freeway overpass.
According to an Instagram post shared by the California Highway Patrol, police attempted to make a traffic stop on a speeding Maserati Levante. The driver failed to stop and attempted to outrun the police at speeds of over 100 mph on the freeway.
To try and ditch the cops, the driver exited the freeway. Clearly, he couldn't handle the 345-hp Italian SUV at high speed, because he ended up driving up an embankment and crashed head-on into the underside of the freeway, leaving the luxury SUV wedged under the overpass. "Taking the term 'flying home' a bit too far," the CHP wrote on Instagram.
"It was a short-lived pursuit," Officer David Arias told SFGate. "He didn't make it far before he exited and as soon as he exited, instead of going straight, he veered left, went off the ramp, and then went up the embankment and collided with the underside of the freeway."
Miraculously, the fleeing driver survived the serious crash, which is hard to believe when you look at the damage. The 32-year-old male complained of pain when he was freed from the mangled Maserati and was taken to hospital, but it doesn't sound like he suffered any serious injuries despite slamming into a concrete wall at 100 mph.
"It's unbelievable that he didn't die," said Arias. "It's crazy that he lived." When he gets out of the hospital, the driver will face charges for reckless charging. He will also have some explaining to do because he didn't own the Levante - it belonged to his girlfriend.