8 Celebrities Who Died in Car Related Incidents Since 2010
Car accidents rank as the 9th leading cause of death in the world, according to the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT). Every year, approximately 1.3 million people die as a result of car collisions globally, which averages out to 3,287 automotive-related deaths per day. The losses of life are felt by the victim’s family and friends, but celebrities—with their vast amount of fans—are mourned in a different way. The News Wheel has compiled a list of eight celebrities who have passed away since 2010 due to car related incidents.
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- Paul Walker (2013)
- Ryan Dunn (2011)
- Randy Savage (2011)
- Chinx (2015)
- Justin Wilson (2015)
- Oscar Taveras (2014)
- John Nash (2015)
- Rob Bironas (2014)
Paul Walker (2013)
Paul Walker passed away at the age of 40 on November 30, 2013 in Valencia, California, when the 2015 Porsche Carrera GT he was riding in was involved in a single car crash that resulted in the vehicle catching fire. After an investigation, it was determined that excessive speed was a factor in the crash. Walker was best known for his roles in the Fast & Furious films.
Ryan Dunn (2011)
Ryan Dunn was 34 years old when he passed away on June 20, 2011 in West Goshen Township, Pennsylvania. Dunn rose to celebrity status as a cast member of the Jackass films and television show. Dunn had Tweeted a picture of himself drinking with friends only hours before crashing his 2007 Porsche 911 GT3. Toxicology reports showed Dunn’s blood alcohol levels were more than twice the legal limit and a police investigation revealed he was probably traveling at speeds of more than 120 mph prior to the crash.
Randy Savage (2011)
Randy Mario Poffo, also known by his stage name, Randy “Macho Man” Savage, passed away on May 20, 2011, at the age of 58 in Seminole, Florida. Poffo suffered a heart attack while driving and crashed his Jeep Wrangler into a tree. Poffo was best known for his days competing as a professional wrestler in both the WWE and World Championship Wrestling. Toxicology reports showed that his blood alcohol levels were below the legal limit at the time of his crash.
Lionel Pickens, otherwise know by his rap name of Chinx, lost his life on May 17, 2015, when another car pulled beside the Porsche Panamera he was sitting in and opened fire. Police recovered 12 shell casings from the murder scene and the case is still unsolved. Pickens was 31 years old at the time of his death and was best known for his collaborations with mainstream rap artists such as French Montana and Meek Mill.
Justin Wilson (2015)
IndyCar driver Justin Wilson died on August 24, 2015, due to a racing accident in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Wilson was struck in the head with debris after another driver collided with the wall, which cause the vehicle to break into pieces, one of which struck Wilson in his head. Wilson was 37 years old when he died and was the winner of three races during his IndyCar career. It was reported that Wilson’s organs saved the lives of six other people.
Oscar Taveras (2014)
MLB baseball player Oscar Taveras passed away on October 26, 2014, as result of a car accident in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. The Chicago Tribune reported that Taveras had been drinking prior to his 2015 Chevrolet Camaro swerving off the road and hitting a tree. A passenger riding with Taveras also died in the crash. Taveras had hit a home run in the MLB playoffs only days earlier and the St. Louis Cardinals wore a patch with his initials on their uniforms during the 2015 season.
John Nash (2015)
John Forbes Nash, Jr. died in Monroe Township, New Jersey, when the taxi he was riding in lost control and crashed into a guard rail on May 23, 2015. Nash was a professor at Princeton University and was the inspiration behind the 2001 movie, A Beautiful Mind. Nash also won a Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1994.
Rob Bironas (2014)
NFL player Rob Bironas died on September 20, 2014, when he crashed his 2009 GMC Yukon Denali in Nashville, Tennessee. A toxicology report revealed that Bironas had a blood alcohol level of .218% when he reportedly lost control of his speeding vehicle and struck a tree. Bironas played for the Tennessee Titans from 2005 to 2013, and he left the team as its second all-time leading scorer.
Samuel Huist is easily the tallest member (6-feet 5-inches) of the The News Wheel team. He enjoys listening to hip-hop music and loves watching NBA basketball. Sam is also a Dayton, Ohio native and doesn’t seem to mind that distinction as much anymore. His first car was a 1996 Ford Taurus he could barely fit in. Like many young folks, he seemed more concerned about the radio in his first car than actually doing the work to maintain an automobile, so sadly it’s no longer with us. See more articles by Samuel.