I have been trying to piece this together from bits of video and photographs, until I came across this Loudlabs News Video. Very explict video, esp if you go large screen, the graphics are very good.
So, lot of things going on in the video, 2 explosions which I surmise to be the right rear tire and the left front tire, although there is nothing left of the left front of the car and I could not see the tire anywhere, so ? the explosion.
The water coming up is not from a fire hydrant, it is some type of irrigation main line that had a riser pipe above ground. In a different video, they show it a few days later with a new cover and what looks like a broken 3 or 4" steel pipe just below ground level. There are some green irrigation boxes next to it, so was probably not a fire hydrant, and there is not a hydrant to be see anywhere in the Loudlabs video of the debris fields. I speculate that when he jumped the median curb and ran over the pipe, it may have split the gas tank open.
The car definitely center punched the tree as he was onto the median already. Another video shows scrape marks on the curb and tire marks about 20 to 30' before the broken pipe. But, the tire marks were just tire marks on the grass, not skid marks or evidence of locked brakes/wheels.
He hit the palm tree just left of center of the vehicle, as the right side fender and right wheel are more visibly there than the left side. Upon impact the car obviously pitched upward (rear end coming up) to such an extent that the front of the roof line is caved in from striking the palm tree. This is also evidenced by the marks on the palm tree 5' to 6' up.
Now this is where I would really need to see the car, as I have no idea how the engine and transmission ended up directly ahead of the impact and so far away. If he center punched that palm tree, the engine should have been crushed back into the firewall and drivers compartment. This part of it just doesn't add up. I have seen a couple of fatal head on tree hits, and the engine was pushed back into the drivers compartment.
Some very weird physics going on with this crash, I just don't know how to explain it. The debris fields are amazing, and I noticed the oil pan and transmission pan are both off.
The Mexican guy had a very interesting account of what happened. Been nice if someone could get a translated account where he could be more specific about what he saw happen. Although, it does sound like he said the car bounced up and down bottoming out quite a distance before impact and caught on fire, although hard to tell if he meant before or ater he hit the tree that it caught on fire.
Anyway, very sad to also see Hastings body in the car as well.
This really needs an independent investigation!!
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