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Also spotted this on Yahoo News.<P>Monday June 25 3:08 PM ET <BR>Two Die in NY Car Drag Race<P>OCEANSIDE, N.Y. (AP) - The street where a pair of drag-racing sports cars careened out of control, killing two people including an innocent motorist, is a popular spot for racing, residents say.<P>Sunday's wreck left the cars unrecognizable twisted lumps of metal, with debris strewn along the roadway.<P>Residents in this Long Island suburb said racing, and wrecks, were common on that strip of road.<P>``It's known for racing,'' resident Stu Nagel said. ``Almost every week, there's an accident.''<P>Witnesses told police that the drivers of a Lamborghini and a Corvette were speeding and weaving in and out of traffic for several blocks before the Lamborghini smashed head-on into a Volvo.<P>Killed in the crash were Michael Vasapolli, 30, who was driving the 2001 Lamborghini, and the Volvo's driver, Glenn Jacofsky, 43.<P>The Corvette, which had a vanity plate that read, ``LOV2XLR8'' (Love to Accelerate), lost control and hit a parked school bus, police said. Its driver, Kevin Hart, 27, was treated for minor injuries. He was charged with two counts of manslaughter and was arraigned Monday, police said.<P>Hart, a plumber, has three speeding convictions dating to 1991, said Lt. Detective Frank Guidice, a spokesman for the Nassau County police. ``His actions contributed to the death of these other people,'' Guidice said.<P>``These cars would not have been racing if he did not consent to race,'' he said.<P>According to police, Vasapolli crossed into the northbound lanes to pass another car but could not get back into the southbound side fast enough to avoid hitting Jacofsky. Vasapolli, who worked in a family construction business in Brooklyn, had seven speeding convictions dating back to 1989.<P>Jacofsky's wife, Amy Jacofsky, and Vasapolli's wife, Karen Mauro, were both taken to hospitals with injuries that were described as non-life-threatening.<P>Police said there was no indication that the drag race had been inspired by the movie ``The Fast and the Furious,'' which opened Friday, but interviews with family members are continuing. <P>
 

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Yeah, that is a really sad story. It has been making the rounds at VWVortex, AudiWorld, SaabNet, Vtec.Net, Bimmer.Org, FreshAlloy, and other places for the past day. Everyone seems to be really pissed off at something like that happening to innocent people, none-the-less a fellow Volvo owner. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/frown.gif"><P>The S80 T6 flipped 3 times after the Diablo hit it at 80mph.<P> <IMG SRC="http://www.newsday.com/news/daily/crash625.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <IMG SRC="http://www.nydailynews.com/2001-06-25/News_and_Views/Crime_File/crash2.JPG"> <P> <IMG SRC="http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20010625/capt.drag_race_deaths_nyr104.jpg"> <P>-Drew<p>[This message has been edited by InDy (edited 06-26-2001).]
 

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Oh man, what a tragedy. Out for a drive with your wife and that happens. That's a real heartbreaker.<P>The amount of damage to those cars is pretty darn intense.
 

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1) why the F would u race your $268K lambo on the city streets, needless to say a NY city street. You have absolutely nothing to prove. So what if a corvette or a M3 passes u, U KNOW u can pass that car with a twitch of a finger and prob not even have to hit 3rd gear!<BR>2) why are ppl with driving convictions still driving???? hello... didn't the DMV take a hint the first around that these guys are going to speed again??? <BR>3) talk about the wrong place in the wrong time. I totally feel sorrow for the family in the Volvo....two kids without a father??? <BR>4) manslaughter only??? up the damn charges DA!!<P>a very pissed off Volvo owner.<BR>
 

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That's not even an old countache, that's a brand new Diablo 6.0. What did he have to prove is right?
 

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Why would you buy a car like that outside of Europe - you can't drive it to anywhere near its limits. It isn't comfortable in a MB 500 kind of way. Sure you can go fast - but you can't drive that fast safely anywhere on this continent on public roads. <P>Did anyone see the documentary on street dragging on (i think) TLC last year? They filmed it in Toronto and it 'starred' a guy with a Miata, Civic and third car. Where do these teens get the money to hop up cars like that? I had a job and never had that kind of cash. And why do they all customize Civic sedans?
 

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Why not Civic sedans? Cheap as hell and the addition of 8 decals and a cheap tail will give you a 1200hp **** rocket!<P>ricecop.com<P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by volvo5spd:<BR><B>...race your $268K lambo on the city streets...nothing to prove</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>It proves the guy had more money than brains.<P>
 

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another article i saw said the diablo was going 80 mph and the S80 flipped over 3 times after being hit. the only question i have is whether the driver was wearing a seat belt.
 

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I've noticed a trend on kids with modded cars. Many of them throw the mods on their credit cards, and it's not uncommon to see kids selling of their modded cars to pay off the debt, usually at a big loss. That' the only problem with a modded car, they're pretty tough to resell.
 

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mjbr24 - which driver are you wondering about.<P>If you figure that S80 was travelling at say 30 mph at impact - hitting the Lambo travelling at 80 mph would be like hitting a wall at 110! <P>I'm trying to visualize the crash dynamics - figure the S80 veers rights to avoid the oncoming car and the Lambo's nose dives with braking. It'd would be like a wedge going under the S80. I could see how the car would be flipped and the driver taking most of the impact in the Volvo.<P>George: I'd think that the natural buyers for those modd'd cars would be new kids. Sort of the hand-me-down market, I've seen the same truck owned by different kids in my town. Kinda funny.<P>
 

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You know...maybe this might sound a bit cruel, but I almost have no sympathy for the guy in the Lamborghini. Maybe just sorry for his wife, who married a dumba$$.<BR>They had no regard for others on the road. Seriously, like everyone said, what is there to prove by racing your brand new Lambo with an early 90s Vette. Better yet, what is there to prove at all?<BR>This just gives me the chill, and makes me think twice next time I step on that accelerator. Not like it's not scary enough to drive in Maryland and DC Metro area. You always have people just want to cut in front of you for no reason even if you are already driving slightly over the speed limit already. Then..there's always those who would just merge into the high speed traffic without any concern for the others. What's up with that?? <BR>I mean..c'mon, after one long day at work, don't you just want to relax and drive home nicely and safely? And the gasoline price is higher than ever, wouldn't people want to drive more sensibly and try to conserve their fuel? The 'floor-it-then-brake-it-like-there-is-no-tomorrow' isn't exactly the cheapest way of driving.<BR>Mayabe it's just me....hehe, too hot to go out for lunch, so just sitting here using my lunch time to whine. Alright...boss just dropped by, gtg!
 

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don't feel cold about it The_one_n_only cause in many ways, I shared the same feelings like you after being in an accident similar (but not as fast) to the one that occurred. Sorry to offend fogiveness zealots out there but the moron in the lambo deserved nothing less and I hope the family of the volvo get all the money they need from his insurance....not like money can ever replace what was lost. <BR>Everyone, I don't know how YOUR income is but can you imagine owning a 2k1 diablo V12 6spd slapping 60 in 4.7???? Sh*t if anything, I'll be driving that car at 20mph just so ppl can admire the beauty of it not that piece of sh*t that resulted in the wreck!<P>...just remember...that guy in the volvo could've been anyone of us..that's the scary part.<BR>
 

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The whole scene is just sick. I am guilty of going after an occasional road race, but there is always the TOD (Time Of Day) rule. Generally things like this would be done at 2 AM on a closed road in the boonies. I think that there should be more public land dedicated to racing in a controlled envrionment sponsered by tax payers money (local governments). After all, most of us would take it to the track if there was one near by. I know it's just a dream, but it would make sense. Seriously though, a local school in VA did this on weekends which nearly elliminated BS from happening on the streets. It was such a popular thing to do that even the parents came to the events. Scary thought, support from parents?! I do truly feel bad for all involved in the accident, nobody deserves to die in an automobile. Yeah, they were all wrong in some way or another, but people are people. What's buggin me though is that many people here are automatically slamming the guy in the Lambo. Maybe cause we would love to have the car or the money, well whatever. Just cause the guy had a cool car and an assload of money doesn't mean that he had brains and was guilty. On the other hand, maybe there was a logical reason behind the incident. Maybe the the guy accidentally hit the gas and the guy in the vette was thinkin that the lambo wanted to race. I mean that there could and are a million reasons that this happened. I'm sure that if it was a couple of Civic SI's the accident would have never made the news. It looks to me that this whole thing is being inflated by the media since there was money involved. Bad stuff happens to everyone and we will all die eventually. When it is your time to go, there is no way out of it. I guess case and point here is that maybe we shouldn't be so quick to judge someone knowing full well we are all just as guilty and as ego-driven. We just haven't had our bad day yet or haven't been caught. Sorry about the ranting, but I hate to see someone get slammed cause they had a cool toy or more money than the other guy. Just think about what the media would have said if it was the school bus hitting the lambo and vette. We would all assume it was equipment failure or an accident, not a race. Just looking at it from the zoomed out view or the big picture, that's all. I'm sure that many of you will flame me for this, but it's just my point of view.<P>Prospero
 

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Prospero,<BR>Not to flamed you and all but...<P>- fact: both the guy in the corvette and the lambo had more then two speeding convictions. I'm sure we all speed including myself but I can safely say we all speed and most of the time do NOT get caught for it. So, I'm sure just b/c they had 2 speeders did not mean they did not do it often. It only meant they got CAUGHT twice.<P>- Time of Rule day I agree along with Place in Time. It was smack broad daylight (time) on a weekend local street(place)! What are u??..a freaking idiot??? <P>- I'm sure if I look hard enough, I'll find it but witnesses did say that the guy in the lambo WAS weaving through traffic at high speeds and it is a FACT that he crossed double yellows when he smacked into the family man in the Volvo.<P>- public land for racing?? what next?? public areas for smoking weed? Are you saying that racetracks are not good enough? If you are talking about money, heck, if he can afford a lambo, I'm sure he can afford to pay a fee and put his car on the tracks and test it out against other need for speed drivers!<P>-I still don't think anyone driving a lambo needs to prove anything on any city streets in terms of showing someone how fast he can go. I'm sure there are grandmothers out there who even realizes that it is a fast car and even bother to race it would be a lost cause. A lambo is not civic Si.<P>- I hear your alternate scenarios about school bus hitting the lambo or corvette or equipment failure. I'm sure I would not feel the same if it is. BUT, either one of those is the case and I guess that's why I'm ripping. <P>sorry if it sounded like I'm dissing ya and all but I'm just adding my $.02 in.<P>
 

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Matt, I think I will have to agree with volvo5spd. Maybe if all your assumption is correct, then it's a different story. However, with all the words from the witness, I highly doubt it was media hype. I'm pretty sure most of us here are not trying to flame him just because he's got money and drive a lambo. The point was he was dumb to race in his lambo on a LOCAL street during that TIME of the day.<P>Maybe some of us can sit in front our computer and be very calm about this and try to be humane and all, but when this happens to the one you love…I would like to see your reaction. Surely no one deserves to die, but that’s almost like the argument of death penalty…it can go either way. <P>Sorry, Matt…no flame intended. It’s not the wealth I hated about that driver, it was his ignorance.<BR>
 

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I think you might be right that the media did hype this. The cars were pricey and the Fast & the Furious had just come out.<P>Although I also have to agree, you are making many assumptions about this, as much as anyone else has. I applaud the guy for owning a Lambo. That's a great car, and I'm a big fan. That's where my approval ends.<P>I do not push it on the street. Yeah, I'll floor it at a light next to a Civic or equivalent in an open area where weaving or avoidence of other traffic is not necessary, but it ends there, usually damn close to my car hitting the speed limit or the average speed of traffic on that street.<P>I think it is safe to say he was doing highly excessive speed, even if you don't want to admit he was racing, which it is obvious he was. Besides, that Lambo can brake in a big way. You have to figure the driver was trying to stop, and IF that is true, then he was going far faster than 80mph, which in itself is far in excess of the local speed limit to the extent that, unless on an open road either empty or with like cruising vehicles, is quite unsafe.<P>I'll stand by my statement. I think the guy and his racing companion in the vette were idiots, or at the very least self absorbed jack a$$es who have complete disregard for others. <P>How would you feel Matt if your girlfriend was the driver of that Volvo driving innocently to a restaraunt? This isn't a flame, but I disagree in a big way.<BR>
 

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All: I was and am not looking at this as a flame. I opened myself up for it anyhow. I was in an argumentative mood when I posted. There was and is no dis-respect intended in what I posted. I was simply playing the devil's advocate. I just despise when the media gets their hands on a deal like this and blows it up. Just reading the headline made me ill. It was a sad deal for all. Maybe if I get more than 4 hours of sleep I can be more diplomatic. Sorry if my post rubbed you the wrong way. I just like to "zoom out" of the picture and check all angles. No offence taken all, just venting in a way. I must say that the reactions were better than I was expecting. Yeah, I would go postal if it were any of the women or people that I love in the Volvo. But we all have to go sometime and I firmly believe in God's will. There is a reason for everything, just we may never be privileged enough to know the reason why.<P>Prospero <BR>
 

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"Yeah, I would go postal if it were any of the women or people that I love in the Volvo."<P>Agreed. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"> It's all love here in Volvo land!<P>
 
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