A harmless test drive turned fatal for two men after the driver lost control of a Dodge Challenger Hellcat. The test drive took place at a Colorado airport, and according to The Denver Post, the two were cleared to use an airstrip to test drive the muscle car.
During the test drive, Lynd Fitzgerald, 71, Dodge Challenger Hellcat lost control and the car ran off the runway, while Roger Lichtenberger, 76, sat in the passenger seat. The Dodge Challenger Hellcat reportedly went airborne at the end of the runway, struck the ground and went airborne once more before flipping over onto its wheels. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene and the wreck took the car 650 feet past the runway’s end.
“They went a little too fast. I don’t want to surmise. … They probably got to the end of the runway and, at that speed, didn’t realize they were there so fast. And they lost control. It was just too high a speed and they got to the end of the runway,” Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze said.
It’s an unfortunate case since no laws were broken in the incident. The high speeds alone were fatal.