Three years ago, a Texas man trying to avoid a pelican dunked his million-dollar-plus Bugatti Veyron into three feet of water, the sort of situation for which the phrase “total loss” was invented.
Or, you know, not:
Philadelphia Insurers say that Andy House is attempting to commit insurance fraud by filing his $2.2 million claim for the wrecked vehicle, and they say they have some powerful evidence.
A passenger in a nearby car happened to be taking footage of the luxury sports car speeding down a service road along Interstate 45 in Houston. No pelican is visible in the video, and the car seems to make a more gradual approach into the La Marque lagoon.
For a while, said video was actually up on the Web, but seems to have vanished. (Discovery?)
And anyway, a new Veyron might be $2.2 million, exchange rates being what they are the price, when it’s quoted at all, is generally quoted in euros but the Bugatti getting the dunk treatment back in ’09 was an ’06 model that sold for about a third less than that.