Speed May Have Been Factor in Deadly Ferrari Crash
(Photo Courtesy O.C. Register / December 24, 2009)
The accident happened on Pacific Coast Highway between Bayshore Drive and Jamboree Road about 5:15 p.m. Thursday night, according to the Newport Beach Police Department.
Investigators are trying to determine what caused the Ferrari to spin out of control and cross the center divider, but they believe speed may have been a factor in the accident. The tow truck was headed in the opposite direction, according to Sgt. Jerry Lowe.
The passenger of the vehicle, 24 year old Ralph Abinader of Huntington Beach, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. Another man, believed to have been the driver, was taken to the hospital with severe burns.
The male tow truck driver, an employee of the Lake Forest-based Blairs Towing, was treated at a hospital for minor injuries and released, according to Sgt. Lowe. The female passenger in the tow truck was also transported and treated for minor injuries, Sailor said.
"The Ferrari broke into several pieces," said Sgt. Evan Sailor, public information officer for the Newport Beach police. "There's debris everywhere. The vehicle was engulfed in flames when the first officer arrived on the scene."
PCH at Bayside was closed while investigators try to determine what caused the crash. No arrests have been made.
In March, Tapou founder Charles Lewis Jr. was killed when he lost control of his Ferrari on Jamboree Road between Bison Avenue and East Bluff Drive. According to police, Lewis sideswiped a Porsche and slammed into a light pole, splitting the car in two.
The driver of the Porsche, Jeffrey D. Kirby, 51, of Costa Mesa, was charged with one felony count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
Anyone with information about the deadly Christmas Eve crash is being asked to call Newport Police traffic investigators at (949) 644-3746.