[Nature] Pelican Causes $1,000,000 Car Accident

Driver blames bird, dropped cellphone; Bugatti Veyron is world’s priciest car


LA MARQUE, Texas – A man blamed a low-flying pelican and a dropped cell phone for his veering his million-dollar sports car off a road and into a salt marsh near Galveston.

The “accident” happened about 3 p.m. Wednesday on the frontage road of Interstate 45 northbound in La Marque, about 35 miles southeast of Houston.

The Lufkin, Texas, man told of driving his luxury, French-built Bugatti Veyron when the bird distracted him, said La Marque police Lt. Greg Gilchrist.

The motorist dropped his cell phone, reached to pick it up and veered off the road and into the salt marsh. The car was half-submerged in the brine about 20 feet from the road when police arrived.


Gilchrist said he doesn’t know if the car was salvageable, but in his words, “Salt water isn’t good for anything.” He says the man, whose identity hasn’t been released, was not injured.

Celebrity driver
The police declined to release the driver’s name, although the incident has drawn a great deal of attention on his vehicle. Rumors suggest Carrie Prejean was behind the wheel.
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