Just over two years ago the Galveston Daily News reported that “Police on Friday identified a Lufkin man who accidentally drove a $2 million Bugatti Veyron, a rare automobile that is perhaps the world’s fastest, into a saltwater lagoon. Andy Lee House, 34, owner of Performance Auto Sales, told The Daily News on Wednesday that a low-flying pelican distracted him, causing him to jerk the steering wheel a bit — and he then dropped his cell phone.”
Unknown to Andy, however, his “accident” was captured on video. He was driving his Bugatti along the water frontage. Two guys driving on I45, parallel to the frontage road, spotted the car (thinking it was a Lamborghini) and one started filming it. They kept pace with the Bugatti at about 80km/h until it drove off the road and into the lagoon.
Warning: bad language at time of impact!
Now, as reported in The Age today, Andy is being sued by his insurance company, which claims he deliberately ditched the car in order to claim a $2 million payout. The insurer argues there is no pelican to be seen in the video, and no skid marks on the road.
I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusion.
Interestingly, when I first got on the internet in 1998 two of the first people I met online were from around Lufkin, a city of 35,000 in eastern Texas. It’s south-east of Dallas, and about 275km north of Galveston. I wonder if they know Andy House and Performance Auto Sales?