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1986 Nissan 300ZX Viciously Mauled by Savage Wild Tree

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So, you know those documentaries that you see on Discovery or Animal Planet, and there’s always the one scene of a pride of lions just taking down and mauling some wildebeest, all narrated solemnly by that one British guy that narrates every nature documentary ever?

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For future reference, that guy is Sir David Attenborough

Here’s what it would look like if that wildebeest were a car instead (and the lions were Transformers or something):

Front half of crashed Nissan

That is the front half of 20-year-old Winter Haven, Florida resident Carlos Pino’s 1986 Nissan 300ZX.

Here’s the other half:

Back half of crashed Nissan

It had been raining in Winter Haven on September 29th, and roads were wet.

So, when Pino was speeding along the long curve of Cypress Gardens Boulevard (according to Winter Haven Police), the car started to slide. Pino over-corrected while trying to get the vehicle back under control and skidded sideways. The car hit the curb, bounced over it, and slammed sideways (more or less) into a tree with the driver’s side front panel and wheel.

Pino's split Nissan with Fire Fighters

It looks so sad from the front

The impact ripped the engine compartment off and whipped the cab to the other side of the tree. Amazingly, Pino was airlifted out with non-life-threatening injuries (thank you seat belt and safety engineering).

And by the way, the tree seems surprisingly OK after splitting an entire car in half.

Crashed Nissan with surprisingly strong tree

Was this part of an insidious plot by the tree to take Pino down? Was the tree a Transformer/lion in disguise? Only time will tell, and police are investigating.

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News/Image Source: Winter Haven Police Department Facebook

  • Blake Crawford

    I’m an owner and enthusiast of these vehicles. I guarantee you without any research that Sir was not “gently cruising” down that wet road. The car was still doing 60 or more when it hit that tree. While they are assembled with an epoxy rather than welds to keep weight down, there is a frame rail running between the two halves of that car which wouldn’t just give up without a fight.

    • You are quite right, sir. According to the post on Winter Haven Police Department, “The wet roadway and speed appear to have been a factor in the crash.” The post has been updated to reflect this.

      • Blake Crawford

        I’ll extend that a lack of skill in such a situation and or poor maintenance played a large role as well. She is a nimble creature when handled and cared for properly.

        • Either way, it’s probably a little difficult to tell now. It’s a shame, and a very sad sight.