March 1, 2006
Kudos to the Los Angeles Times for having its editorial teeth deep in the story of a man who shot to fame last week for wrecking a million-dollar, unregistered Ferrari Enzo in Malibu—and following the story down some very strange corridors. First, the driver insisted there was a co-driver, named Dietriech, who escaped the wreck. The cops didn’t buy that, and tested the driver, Stefan Erikssen, to a .09 BAC. Then Erikssen’s past as a videogame developer and car collector came to light. Now, the Times has found out that Scotland Yard may have listed one of Erikssen’s other cars, a Benz SLR, as stolen; too, the paper says a Scottish bank may lay claim to the leftover bits of the Enzo. Finally, police say they have found a gun magazine that might be linked to the case, and have an individual of interest who may have been in the car with Erikssen as a passenger. The killing details seems to be threefold: that this guy had two Enzos, that he lives in Bel-Air behind a gate (and a curtain of, for now at least, good damage control), and that he wasn’t going 120 mph on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu—but something more like 162 mph.
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